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A Jackson County man will spend nine years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett announced Wednesday that 34-year-old Scott Divine, of Seymour, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography through email. The plea will spare a trial while keeping Divine behind bars.
"Protecting the most innocent Hoosier victims is a top priority of this office. Those who question my sincerity will be shown the seriousness of this promise," said Hogsett.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Homeland Security Investigation led to the February, 2013 arrest of an internet user believed to be trafficking child pornography. That arrest reportedly led to the arrest of other internet users to whom emails containing explicit materials were sent. In January of this year, search warrants were issued for a Seymour home believed to be at the center of child pornography distribution.
Investigators executed the warrants and located Divine inside the home. He allegedly admitted his involvement in both sending and receiving the illegal materials. Divine also allegedly admitted that he was familiar with the computer files located at the home which contained child porn. Investigators also allege that Divine admitted he had viewed and sent child pornography for multiple years. He also allegedly admitted to being sexually attracted to children, particularly young females. Hogsett's office says that most of the incriminating files allegedly found at the home depicted sexual acts involving adult men with minor females.
"The type of behavior in this case exploits children and will not be tolerated by federal law enforcement," said Hogsett. "That is why we launched Operation Community Watch last year - to protect Hoosier families and send a message."
Hogsett went on to say that Divine's arrest comes one year after he announced the program, which was said to be a comprehensive crackdown on child exploitation in Indiana. He says Operation Community Watch allows prosecutors and investigators to "use cutting-edge techniques to identify and charge people in Hoosier communities who are engaged in the receipt and trafficking of child pornography materials.
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 5:04:16 PM
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