Federal Prosecutors Targeting Child Porn Distributors
Operation Identifies Local Suspects
(U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett--stock photo)
Five men have been charged in separate cases with possessing or distributing child pornography, snared in a sweep called Operation Community Watch.
"It is a commitment by our project Safe Childhood team to satisfy one guiding principle," says U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett. "That principle is--nothing is more important that the safety of our children."
In addition to their arrests, the five have one other thing in common. They are all residents of central Indiana, three from Indianapolis, one from New Palestine and one from Noblesville.
The investigations began within the last two years, but the formal charges were filed only recently. Such cases have been addressed more aggressively in recent years, with the aid new technology and an increase in the number of federal prosecutors assigned to them.
"Every single time these materials are viewed, every single time these materials are traded, a child is exploited," said Hogsett. "And we're going to bring that exploitation to an end here in Indiana."
If convicted, defendants face possible prison terms, fines and an order to register as sex offenders.