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March 18, 2013

UPDATE: Deputy allegedly had more than 40,000 explicit images of kids

TERRE HAUTE — Federal, state and local officials are calling today a “sad day” for local law enforcement following the arraignment of a Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.

James Edward Haley Jr., 31, appeared this morning in U.S. District Court in Terre Haute in the custody of Indiana State Police, and with defense attorney Joseph Etling, for an initial hearing in front of federal magistrate Craig McKee.

An investigation by the Indiana State Police Crimes Against Children unit led to a search warrant being served at Haley’s South 25th Street residence on Friday, and an examination of his laptop and media storage devices revealed that Haley allegedly possessed more than 40,000 explicit images of underage children, some as young as age 5.

“This is a sad day for the law enforcement community and a sad day for Terre Haute,” U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said following Haley’s hearing. “This prosecution shows that no one is above the law. It’s doesn’t matter what your role is in the community.”

Information unsealed in court today shows that the investigation began in early January when an ISP investigator connected to Haley online to a peer-to-peer sharing network. The investigator was able to download more than 100 images from the individual, allegedly depicting child pornography. The online activity was traced to the residence of Haley, and a search warrant was executed at the residence Friday, resulting in Haley’s arrest.

If convicted, Haley faces up to 20 years in prison for possession child portnography, and up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of distributing child pornography. The minimum sentence is 5 years in prison.

He returns to court Thursday morning for a detention hearing.

For more details, see Tuesday’s edition of the Tribune-Star, or return to www.tribstar.com.

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