4 Kentucky men charged in child predator sting

Pictured Left to Right: Ricky Cornish Jr. (32), Jarrett Hoskins (23), and Michael Stewart (46). Not pictured Joseph Leavitt (34).

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says four men have been charged in a child predator sting.

Beshear announced in a news release the arrests last week of 23-year-old Jarrett Hoskins, 32-year-old Ricky Cornish Jr., 34-year-old Joseph Leavitt and 46-year-old Michael Stewart.

Hoskins was charged with promoting child trafficking. He and the others were charged with using electronic devices to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. Stewart also is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Franklin County commonwealth’s attorney is handling the prosecution.

It wasn’t known whether the defendants have attorneys who could comment on the charges.