On Thursday, Nov. 8, Joshua Preece, 37, of Morehead, was taken into custody by the Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead at his residence at 599 Seas Branch Road.

Preece was charged with prohibited use an electronic communication system to procure a minor.

He is a former trooper for the Kentucky State Police and is currently a Bath County deputy sheriff.

He was lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center.