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Louisville Man Charged with Online Enticement of 15-Year-Old Girl

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

Louisville, KY –A federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued earlier this week charging a local man with online enticement.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Colonel Greg Smith, Chief of the Oldham County Police Department, made the announcement. 

According to court records, in January and February of 2023, Richard Pelphrey, 33, met a minor female victim on a social networking application. The two subsequently met in person, and the victim told Pelphrey she was 15 years old. On more than one occasion, Pelphrey drove the victim to his home in Louisville, Kentucky, where they engaged in sexual activities.

Pelphrey made his initial appearance today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Pelphrey remains in federal custody and is scheduled for a detention hearing on July 5, 2023, at 2:30 p.m.

If convicted, Pelphrey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and maximum potential penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release. 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.

The FBI and the Oldham County Police Department are investigating the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless 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.”

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


Updated June 30, 2023