A Louisville man who sent nude photos to and attempted to meet who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl for sex has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison and will register as a sex offender for his crimes.
David Hooper, aka David Morgan, 51, of 6911 Brooklawn Drive, Apt #2, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last June.
He was charged with attempted first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor younger than 16 and eight counts each of prohibited use of electronic means to procure a minor for sexual activity and first-degree distribution of obscene matter to a minor.
Hooper appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly last September and pleaded guilty to one count of prohibited use of electronic means to procure a minor for sexual activity and attempted unlawful transaction with a minor younger than 16. The remaining charges were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
Hooper appeared before Kelly last Monday for sentencing and was ordered to serve seven years in prison, register as a sex offender, complete sex offender treatment and pay $250 in restitution.
According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, local deputies searched Hooper's home and seized numerous electronic devices after their investigation revealed that Hooper had allegedly used the devices to send numerous nude photos of himself to someone he believed to be a 15-year-old female juvenile from Campbellsville.
That "juvenile" was actually a sheriff's detective who has been assigned to a Kentucky task force to investigate Internet crimes against children.
Taylor County Sheriff's Detective Brian Pickard investigated the case against Hooper. Louisville Metro Police and the Louisville FBI field office assisted him.
During the conversations via Facebook, Hooper also allegedly attempted to solicit nude photos from the "juvenile" and arrange meetings for sex.
Hooper sent messages to the "juvenile" saying that he wanted to see her naked and "make love" to her.
Court records state that Pickard posed as the juvenile and communicated with Hooper for several months via several hundreds of messages.
Neither the prosecutor in the case, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Miller, or Hooper's attorney, Phillip S. George Jr. of Lebanon, returned requests for comment on the sentence before press time.
If convicted by a jury, Hooper faced as much as 30 years in prison.
At press time, Hooper was incarcerated at the Taylor County Detention Center.