OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A man is in jail after an undercover investigation into crimes against children.
Kentucky State Police say they arrested Brandon Sally, 46, of Daviess County, for charges related to: rape, sodomy, promoting and use of a sexual performance by a minor, distribution and possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
According to KSP, his arrest was a result of undercover internet crimes against children investigation.
Investigators say they found out Sally was sharing explicit photos online.
Sally is now behind bars and Judge Nick Burlew planned to keep him there by setting a $1 million cash bond.
“Appalled at this," Burlew said. "I really am. It’s difficult for me to be appalled, but I’m appalled at this.”
“I applaud prosecutors and judges for using the big gavel on this," Corey King with Kentucky State Police said. "We have to. We have to be firm on this. And really have to at least show this is not welcome in our community at all. It’s not welcome anywhere.”
Sally himself did not appear in court because he’s quarantined at the Daviess County Jail. But that didn’t stop Judge Burlew from sharing his thoughts on the crimes.
“Horrific is not the right word,” Burlew said. “I’m not sure what would be. That’s a pretty strong word though.”
KSP made the arrest on Thursday at the Colonel House motel, where Sally lived. In fact, 22 registered sex offenders call it home. KSP says they’re still investigating Sally to see if more charges are possible.
“Is this person producing child pornography?" King said. "And that rises to a different level of disgust.”
Prosecutors hope to keep him from continuing to harm children.
“It’s not 16 year-olds, it’s not 15 year-olds," King said. "These are 8 years-olds, these are very young children who have no idea. And unfortunately has fallen prey to a creep like this.”