Madisonville, Ky. (July 22, 2020) — On July 22, 2020, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Albert Zachary Altamirano, 21, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.
Altamirano was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation initiated by Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation was initiated after discovering the suspect accessing illegal websites containing child sexual abuse material.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Madisonville on July 22, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to a HSI’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Altamirano is currently charged with five counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense (Class D felony) after a preview of his electronic devices yielded child sexual abuse material of infants and prepubescent children. Altamirano was lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.
The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.