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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Franklin Man for Sexually Exploiting a Child by Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned a two-count indictment on March 15, 2023, charging a former Franklin, Kentucky, man with sexual exploitation of a child by producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.   

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office made the announcement.

According to the indictment, Clint Culverhouse, 33, currently of Paducah, Kentucky, formerly of Franklin, Kentucky, was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child by producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. 

The defendant made his initial court appearance on March 17, 2023, before a U. S. Magistrate Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Bowling Green. Culverhouse faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. If convicted, a federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.   

This case is being investigated by the FBI Paducah Satellite Office with assistance from the Kentucky State Police. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leigh Ann Dycus, of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office, is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated March 28, 2023