STATE POLICE: Local man arrested on possession of child pornography charges

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) led to the arrest of a Bartholomew County man for possession of child pornography.

Indiana State Police Master Trooper/Detective Kevin Getz with the Indiana State Police – Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force began an investigation in January after receiving four cyber tip reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, state police said.

The cyber tip reports indicated that a specific account user for four separate social media applications was possibly in possession of child pornography image and video files.

Getz requested a search warrant based on information gathered during his investigation. On Wednesday, members of the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force, which included members of the Indiana State Police’s ICAC Unit, the Cyber Crimes Unit, and IMPD Detective Darin Odier, with K-9 Hunter, executed a search warrant at a Spring Valley Drive address in Columbus.

As a result of the investigation and search, Gavin Christopher Denton Haight, 21, of Columbus, was arrested on four counts of possession of child pornography.  Each charge is a Level 5 Felony, state police said.

Haight was transported and remanded into the custody of the Bartholomew County Jail without incident, state police said. He has since bonded out.

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