(Whitley County, IN) – (2-8-22) The Indiana State Police, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), initiated a criminal investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an online account had been used for child exploitation.

The investigation revealed the owner of the online account allegedly to be Nicholas Egner, 31, Columbia City, IN. After reviewing the results of the investigation, the Whitley County Prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for Egner’s arrest. 

On Saturday February 5, 2022, officers with the Columbia City Police Department located Egner at his Old Trail Road residence and arrested him without incident. He was transported to the Whitley County jail and held pending his initial appearance in the Whitley County courts.

Arrested:  Nicholas Egner, 31, Columbia City, IN


  • Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Level 4 Felony (5 counts total)

Anyone having any information related to internet crimes against children are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or make a report to NCMEC at https://report.cybertip.org/.