(STEBUEN COUNTY)- The Indiana State Police, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested an Orland (Lake Pleasant) resident earlier today, concluding a lengthy ten month child exploitation investigation. The investigation began after a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was received by the ICAC Task Force back in January.
The ICAC’s investigative efforts lead to a search warrant being issued in late August for the residence of Stephen Buzzard at 100 Lane 251 Lake Pleasant, Orland. As a result of the investigation, the Steuben County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges, and an arrest warrant was issued earlier today for Stephen Paul Buzzard (67) on the following charges:
(6 Counts) Possession of Child Pornography- all Level 5 Felonies.
Buzzard was taken into custody by police in Cromwell shortly after the warrant was issued. He was transported to the Noble County Jail where he will remain in custody until transferred to Steuben County Jail.
The Indiana State Police ICAC Task Force was assisted by the Orland Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Noble County Jail.
Anyone having any information related to crimes against children are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website at http://www.missingkids.com/home and find the link to make a CYBERTIPLINE report.