Man accused of child pornography charges

A local man was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography following a four-month investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Mark A. Scolley, 38, Columbus, was arrested on seven counts of possession of child pornography, state police said.

The investigation began in February after the Indiana State Police received six cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The tips were initiated after three internet service providers submitted reports to the NCMEC. The NCMEC is a private, non-profit organization that assists law enforcement in the prevention of child abduction and sexual exploitation.

The investigation, led by Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Getz, resulted in the ICAC Task Force executing a search warrant at 4815 Timbercrest Drive, Columbus, on Thursday morning. Task force officers assisting in the investigation were from the Indiana State Police ICAC and Cyber Crimes Units, the FBI, and the Bloomington Police Department.

During a search of the residence, additional evidence related to the possession of child pornography was located.

Scolley was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was incarcerated, state police said.