(Steuben County, IN)9-15-20 – On September 14, 2020, detectives with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF) arrested a Steuben County man on alleged charges of child exploitation, possession of child pornography, and a weapons offense.

On 7/27/2020, the Indiana State Police ICACTF received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The tip ultimately led to a search warrant being served on a residence in the 4000 block of North CR 450 West in Angola, IN by the Indiana State Police (ISP) with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

As a result of the investigation, Joseph McDowell (38) was arrested and transported to the Steuben County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Charges:

Two Counts:  Child Exploitation under 12 years old, Level 4 Felony

Five Counts:  Possession of Child Pornography under 12 years old, Level 5 Felony

One Count:  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, Level 4      Felony