NKY man arrested on child porn charges, used ‘age-gap’ dating app

Covington man arrested after using dating app to get nude videos of teen

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - A Covington man is behind bars after police say he persuaded a teenage girl across the country to send him nude photos and videos.

Covington police arrested Chris Hennig late Monday night on child porn charges.

According to police, Hennig had been victimizing a 14-year-old girl who lives in New York City.

“Having someone that much older — nearly 50 years old — soliciting images of a sexual nature from a 14-year-old girl is very disturbing,” Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders said. “It’s something that turns the stomach, and certainly something that we take very seriously.”

Sanders says Hennig talked to the girl through an app called Gaper for several months.

The app describes itself as an “age-gap dating and social networking app designed for connecting older men to younger women and older women to younger men.”

Sanders says the app isn’t designed to promote adults picking up children.

“It’s intended to be used for people who are over the age of 18,” he said.

Sanders explains Hennig got the girl to send him nude photos and videos and that Hennig sent some in return. Authorities say they also had sexual conversations.

The girl’s mother is the one who called the police, Sanders says.

“How a 14-year-old girl ended up on the website, I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know police during the course of the investigation have discovered evidence that Mr. Hennig knew he was talking to a 14-year-old girl,” Sanders said.

The prosecutor says they aren’t sure if Hennig was trying to meet the teen in person.

He encourages parents to keep as close an eye on their children’s social media presence as you would if they were in public.

“Whatever they are using to access the internet, parents need to keep an eye on that, and if you see a new icon pop up on your children’s device, click on it and find out what it is,” he said.

Hennig was charged with possessing/viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and prohibited use of electronic communications system to procure a minor.

He will be back in court on May 13.

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