News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 22, 2013

Jailed deputy waives hearing

Magistrate orders Haley detained pending trial

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A detention hearing in federal court did not occur as scheduled Thursday for a Vigo County Sheriff’s deputy accused of distribution and possession of child pornography.

James E. Haley Jr., 31, of Terre Haute, waived his right to the detention hearing at the federal courthouse in Terre Haute.

Magistrate Craig McKee ordered Haley to be detained at a corrections facility pending trial. No date had been set for a trial as of Thursday.

Haley was arrested at his Terre Haute home on March 15 and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Monday.

He faces one count of possession of child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography. Investigators report finding more than 40,000 images of child pornography on Haley’s personal laptop computer and on a storage device.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court states that “Haley admitted downloading child pornography from the Internet via a file-sharing program, and storing the material in his laptop computer and a Maxtor external storage device. He admitted doing this for at least the past six months.”

If convicted of the child pornography distribution charge, he faces a federal prison sentence of five to 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release for life. If convicted of the child pornography possession charge, he faces a federal sentence of no prison time up to 20 years, as well as up to a $250,000 fine and supervised release.