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Portage Township man gets eight years in federal prison for child porn

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A Portage Township resident has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty in federal court to a charge of receipt of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Terrance Shawn Young, 50, with a listed address on Oxford Road, was sentenced to 97 months in prison and to 10 years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Young was indicted after “an investigation revealed probable cause to believe that a user of an identified IP address accessed a website with the intent to view minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Following the execution of a search warrant at Young’s home, over 100 images of suspected child pornography were found on a computer and over 500 videos, “many of which had titles indicative of child pornography,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The case was investigated by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the U.S. Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Indiana State Police said.

“This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.”



Posted 1/11/2013