Churubusco

(Fort Wayne, IN)-On September 16, 2016 investigators from the Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit initiated an undercover peer-to-peer file sharing investigation concerning an unidentified user sharing child pornography via the internet.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined this criminal activity was occurring at 232 Greenwood Drive in Churubusco, Indiana.  On May 24, 2017 members of the Indiana State Police, Whitley County Sheriff Department, Churubusco Police Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on the Greenwood Drive residence.  Investigators seized multiple digital data devices, to include computers, hard drives, and cell phones.

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Following a digital forensic examination of the devices, numerous files of alleged child pornography were located.  Upon further investigation, Jason Boyd Semler was identified as the person allegedly responsible for this criminal activity.  In addition, it was discovered that Semler had purportedly been in communication with minors via the internet and they had shared multiple nude photos and videos with him.  One of these victims resided in Virginia, and another resided in Ireland.  On June 21, 2018 the Whitely Circuit Court issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Semler for the following charges:

  • Three Counts of Child Exploitation, Level 5 Felony
  • Two Counts of Vicarious Sexual Gratification, Level 5 Felony
  • Four Counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Level 6 Felony

When investigators attempted to serve the arrest warrant on Semler, they learned he had fled the country to avoid arrest.

On Monday, May 6, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. CST Semler, now 46 years of age, was arrested by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement while attempting to enter the United States from Mexico.  Semler is currently in federal custody in Laredo, Texas awaiting extradition to Indiana.  The case is still under investigation.

Agencies assisting were the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, Whitley County Sheriff Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, Churubusco Police Department, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Homeland Security Investigations.

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