A Center Township man who the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said was found
in possession of hundreds of images of child-pornographic images may serve
no time in prison, under a plea agreement reached with the Prosecuting
Ari Spector, 47, with a listed address on Beargrass Court, has pleaded
guilty to one count of child exploitation, a Class C felony punishable by a
term of two to eight years; and one count of possession of child
pornography, a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three
In exchange for his plea, nine other counts of possession of child
pornography would be dismissed.
Under the plea agreement, Spector would be sentenced to eight years on the
first count and three years on the second but all 11 years—less time already
served—would be suspended and served on formal probation.
The plea agreement also stipulates that Spector may transfer his probation
and obligations to the State of Illinois, where he would be required to
register as a sex offender and submit to HIV testing.
According to the plea agreement, Spector has “spent almost eight months of
time in-patient” and is currently receiving therapy and treatment for “his
sexual addiction” from a Chicago therapist.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on April 27, 2011, the PCSP
received an anonymous report from the WeTip system alleging Spector to be in
possession of child pornography.
That report specifically named Spector, gave his address, and described him
physically, as well as provided a username and password for access to a
website, the affidavit stated. After using that information to access the
website, an investigator observed the account holder’s name to be Ari
Spector and the inbox to contain 1,094 messages, some of which had
attachments “that are of child pornography” and “that reference the trading
of pictures,” the affidavit stated.
A search warrant was subsequently obtained and executed at Spector’s
residence on April 28 and five computers seized. Those computers were
examined by the Indiana State Police and were found to have “hundreds of
photographs and videos of child pornography”, some “dating from as far back
as 2005,” the affidavit said. In addition, Spector “created a management
system using folders with appropriate dates as the folder names.”