Newport officer pleads not guilty to sex offense charge involving minor

Published: Oct. 17, 2021 at 2:21 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2021 at 9:27 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ky. (WXIX) - A Newport police officer pleaded not guilty Monday after he was arrested Saturday for engaging in sexual activity online with a minor, according to Boone County Judge Marcia Thomas.

Boone County deputies say Tyler J. Hatfield, 30, engaged in a sexual exchange with a teenage boy through Snapchat.

During an interview with the deputies, they say Hatfield admitted that he sent explicit messages to the victim and requested and received photos.

The boy originally reported the activity to deputies, so detectives conducted a search warrant at Hatfield’s house Saturday night.

While at his house, they found a cell phone and a tablet.

Deputies say they do not have evidence that Hatfield committed the crimes while on duty.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the Newport Police Department for a comment:

“The Newport Police Department is aware of the charges filed against Officer Tyler Hatfield and have taken immediate steps to remove him from duty. He has been suspended without pay and the department is cooperating fully with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. An internal investigation by our department will also be conducted. Nothing is more important to this department and to the citizens of Newport than the integrity of our officers. Any allegations of this nature - if true – will not be tolerated.”

Hatfield is charged with one count of unlawful use of electronic means to induce to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

The judge set his bond at $200,000 cash due to the severity of the offense.

While the case is pending, Hatfield cannot have a computer, cell phone, or internet. He is also not allowed to be in contact with the victim or any minors and has to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the victim.

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