The three recent arrests made in connection with a federal child pornography investigation are just the beginning.
That was the promise made Monday by U.S. Attorney David Capp as he shared more details of the charges, flanked by state and federal law enforcement officers.
Last week, three area men – two from Fort Wayne and one, a Whitley County Sheriff’s Department chaplain, from Columbia City – were arrested and charged after an investigation by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force.
This specific and ongoing investigation targets peer-to-peer file-sharing of child pornography in northeast Indiana, Capp said.
And more arrests and more charges are likely by the end of next month, Capp said.
By using peer-to-peer file-sharing computer programs, a person is able to view files on another person’s home computer.
The users can then pass files, including child pornography, to each other, Capp said.
Even though users of these sites might believe their identities are hidden, that is not the case, Capp said.
“For anyone out there … if you are in possession of child pornography, exchanging child pornography … we will be looking for you,” Capp said. “We’ll find out who you are.”
Last week, Brian L. Schinbeckler, 50, of Fort Wayne, and Bernard L. Squires, 64, of Columbia City, were both indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury on charges of distribution of child pornography.
On Friday, Christopher Ramirez, 33, of Fort Wayne, was charged with production of child pornography.
He was accused of having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl and taking sexually explicit pictures of her, according to court documents.