(BLOOMINGTON) – The sentencing of former chief deputy in the Monroe County Auditor’s Office James Huffman was postponed until July.
Huffman had worked for county government for more than 15 years and resigned from his position last year. He also worked for the Monroe County’s Youth Services Bureau and was a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
FBI agents began their investigation in November 2017, after sexually explicit pictures and videos depicting a man in his 40s were found on a 16-year-old boy’s cellphone.
Agents say that man was 47-year-old Huffman.
A grand jury indicted Huffman on a felony charge of possession of matter containing child pornography, a felony.
He is scheduled to plead guilty after negotiating a plea deal. He is to be sentenced by federal court Judge Sarah Evans Barker, on July 16.
According to court documents, the boy used the dating application Grindr and connected with a man who called himself “Max Power.” The U.S. Attorney’s “Statement of the Evidence” identifies Huffman as the man using the pseudonym who was seeking to meet with the juvenile.
Evidence on the boy’s boy’s cellphone led police to secure a search warrant for Huffman’s home. Police found thousands of photo and video files containing child pornography that depicted minor boys, some toddlers. The children were naked or engaging in sexual acts.
“Protecting minor victims from sexual predators will always remain a top priority of this office,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler at the time of Hoffman’s arrest. “Those who are not able to protect themselves are the victims for which we will advocate the hardest.”