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NKY Officer Arrested After Chatting Online With Detective He Thought Was Underage, Posts Bail

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) – A former police officer who was assigned to the Augusta Independent School posted bond on Monday after serving time in jail for having online sexual conversations with an undercover detective that he thought he was an underage girl.

Court documents say the judge set Ryan Hill’s bail at $100,000 during a court appearance Monday morning and Hill posted the bail amount at noon.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Hill, 29, of Hebron, was arrested on Tuesday for using social media to engage in sexually explicit conversations with a person he believed to be a young girl from 15 years old.

Hill was unaware that he was actually talking to an undercover Minnesota task force officer.

Sheriff’s Office officials said the conversations went on for several days, and Hill described the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the girl.

Hill admitted he was a police officer while talking with the undercover officer, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The mere fact, in this case, that we had an adult talking illegally with whom they thought was a 15-year-old female is something we will not tolerate,” Lt. Ridgell explained. “No matter his background, where he’s from or what his profession is, the act itself is something we’re going to investigate. If it materializes into an arrest, we’re going to place those people under arrest. .

Detectives later confirmed that Hill worked as a police officer with the Augusta Police Department.

Chief Charles Blackmar Jr. said in a statement that Hill was no longer part of their department “effective immediately.”

Hill, who joined the department in August 2021, was one of three officers assigned to the Augusta Independent School, according to police.

Chief Blackmar says the department is talking with the school district superintendent and Augusta Independent School principal.

Hill was charged with one count of unlawfully using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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