On Thursday, I was proud to join First Lady Jane Beshear in Lexington to present Chrysalis House with a ceremonial check for a $600,000 grant from the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee. Chrysalis House is Kentucky’s oldest and largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women, specializing in the treatment of pregnant and parenting women. Chrysalis House is receiving the funds from settlements I secured from two pharmaceutical companies, and the money will allow the facility to continue operating and providing treatment to more than 200 women each year.
In February, I had the wonderful opportunity to tour Chrysalis House, and I was able to see firsthand how our investment will impact the lives of the women and children there. I am proud of the women seeking treatment at Chrysalis House. They are working hard to break the cycle of addiction. You can learn more about Chrysalis House and my visit with First Lady Beshear here.
Earlier this week, I announced that Kentucky joined 48 other states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government in a $550 million settlement with mortgage lender and servicer SunTrust Mortgage. The three-year settlement will provide direct payments to Kentucky borrowers for past foreclosure abuses, implement tough new mortgage servicing standards, and grant oversight authority to an independent monitor.
The agreement’s mortgage servicing terms largely mirrors the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement reached in February 2012, and it will hold another major mortgage servicer accountable for its unacceptable past practices. Approximately 265 eligible Kentucky borrowers whose loans were serviced by SunTrust and lost their homes to foreclosure from 2008 through 2013 and encountered servicing abuse will be eligible for a payment. Eligible borrowers will be contacted about how to qualify for payments. More information about the settlement with SunTrust is available here.
Finally, I was pleased to join Kerry Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, in announcing today the conviction of a Lexington man on child pornography charges. This week, a federal jury found Erik Hentzen guilty of receiving and possessing thousands of child porn images.
This case was investigated by my Cybercrimes Unit, which has seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet since its creation in 2008. The unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate. I appreciate the hard work of my cybercrimes investigators and their dedication each day to making the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids.