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Deputy caught in sex sting, online chat went on for more than two years
KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- New details emerge about the Hamilton County Deputy arrested in a northern Kentucky internet sex sting and you'll only see them on Local 12 News.
John Kamphaus, or "BigDog069000" as he was known online, was in court in Covington Wednesday afternoon. Local 12's Joe Webb learned that Kamphaus's contact with what he thought was a 15-year-old Independence girl had gone on for years. Every conversation was initiated by Kamphaus and the last one ended up with an attempted meeting that ended with his arrest.
Detective Steve Benner did most of the talking in Kamphaus's preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon. He's the officer who posed online as the 15-year-old girl.
Benner said, "Mr. Kamphaus contacted my undercover profile online approximately 40 times starting in November of 2011. The nature of the chats were sexual in nature."
Six chats in 2014. The last one ending with Kamphaus in cuffs near Mills Road Park last Wednesday morning. Benner testified that he ID'd Kamphaus by Googling his screen name "BigDog069000."
Local 12's Joe Webb Googled it and found Kamphaus' profile on "Nudist Space" with the naked torso picture the detective described in court. Here, the deputy says he loves to be naked and will try anything once.
Kamphaus's attorney raised an interesting question in court, if Kamphaus thought the girl was 15 in 2011, wouldn't she have been of legal ago to consent to sex in April 2014? But on the day of the meeting the age was reiterated as 15. Which would have been impossible if she was 15 in December 2011.
Hal Arenstein, Kamphaus's attorney, said, "We're looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. I think we learned some interesting things today and I think there are some issues we'll be capable of raising at a later date."
The prosecutor said it was a non-issue and reminded us this was a "preliminary" hearing.
"We'll go through the chat logs in detail and see how old the defendant believed the person he was chatting with was," the prosecutor said.
Judge Ann Ruttle said she heard enough to forward Kamphaus's case to the Kenton County Grand Jury. The technical charge is prohibited use of an electronic device to procure a minor for sex. It's a felony and carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a minimum of 20 years as a registered sex offender.
John Kamphaus is on unpaid administrative leave from the Hamilton County Sheriff's office where he is a corrections officer.
The justice department says there are signs you can look out for that indicate your child may be at risk online. Your child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night. You find pornography or any graphic content in their email or on their computer. Experts say alarm bells should go off if your child gets calls from an adult that you don't know or is making calls to numbers you don't recognize.
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