BELL COUNTY, Ky. — The Bell County Sheriff's Department said Friday that a man was arrested and charged with sexual abuse after it said Clear Creek Bible College reached out to investigate an incident on campus.
It said college authorities reached out to Sheriff Mitch Williams to start the investigation after learning about possible sexual offenses involving one of their students. The sheriff's office said it found on Dec. 29, 2022, a 21-year-old man "subjected" a young girl to a sexual video.
It said Cole Birkhimer sent the sexual video to the young girl through his computer. It also said she was under 16 years old.
Birkhimer was arrested and taken to the Bell County Detention Center. It said he is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and "prohibited use of an electronic system to procure a minor/performance sex offense."
It said he was being held on a $250,000 bond.