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A Crescent Springs man pleaded not guilty Monday in Kenton Circuit Court to 38 charges of either possessing or distributing child pornography.

Kristopher Crawford, 44, was arrested May 21 by Kenton County Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

He was initially charged with four counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

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A grand jury indicted Crawford on additional charges on July 18.

All of the charges are based on events that happened between Sept. 19, 2018, and Sept. 24, 2018, according to the indictment.

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Crawford is accused of 19 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and 19 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. Each felony charge can bring between one to five years in prison with a conviction.

Crawford faces up to 70 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Kentucky if convicted on all charges.

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