A Portage man who had been managing a Chesterton fast food restaurant has
pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
Michael A. Hostetler pleaded guilty last week to receipt of child
pornography and possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office
said. No further details about the terms of the plea were released.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.
According to the original complaint, on March 21 a Michigan City Police
detective launched a publicly available peer-to-peer file-sharing program
and subsequently found an IP address “which appeared to be sharing files
that depicted minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” The MCPD
detective downloaded four files and confirmed that at least three of them
contained child-pornographic images, the complaint states.
On May 18, a subpoena was served on Comcast for information on the
subscriber using that IP address and a billing address for Hostetler was
obtained, the complaint states.
Then, on May 24, a search warrant was executed at that address and three
laptops, two Apple iPhones, and numerous DVDs were seized. An on-scene
preliminary investigation determined that several videos depicting minors in
sexually explicit conduct were found on a laptop in the bedroom, the
Hostetler was not himself at home at the time but working as general manager
of an unspecified fast-food restaurant in Chesterton. He was located, agreed
voluntarily to speak with investigators, and admitted to downloading and
viewing child pornography, the complaint states.
Hostetler was unsure when or why he first began viewing child pornography,
saying it may have been within the last eight months,” the complaint states.
“Hostetler believes he has a demon inside him which makes him download child
Hostetler also admitted having sex with one of his employees, a 16-year-old
girl, following a party where alcohol was served, although at the time he
believed that she was 18, the complaint states.
Hostetler was released after his arrest on posting a $20,000 bond, court