A Lexington man previously convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child faces new child sex charges after he was accused of distributing explicit materials involving children, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

On Nov. 18, sheriff’s office detectives started an investigation after getting information about the possible distribution of the explicit materials. Detectives eventually identified 36-year-old Kevin Richard Heidel as a suspect in the case.

On Dec. 5, deputies executed a search warrant at Heidel’s home, 313 Grayland St. in Lexington, and found the explicit material there, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies arrested Heidel on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A convicted sex offender, Heidel failed to register as such, the sheriff’s office said.

He also faces two charges of failure to register.

Heidel is being held in the Davidson County Jail under a $175,000 secured bond.

In 2003, Heidel was convicted of attempting to take indecent liberties with a child.

Then, in 2014, Heidel was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child. He’s also been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and failing to notify authorities about a change in address.

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