Steuben County Man Arrested on Child Exploitation and Child Pornography Charges

(STEUBEN CO.) – On Monday, detectives with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF) arrested a Steuben County man on alleged charges of child exploitation, possession of child pornography, and a weapons offense.

On July 27, 2020, the Indiana State Police ICACTF received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The tip ultimately led to a search warrant being served on a residence in the 4000 block of North CR 450 West in Angola, IN by the Indiana State Police (ISP) with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

As a result of the investigation, 38-year-old Joseph McDowell was arrested and transported to the Steuben County Jail on the following preliminary charges of two counts of child exploitation under the age of 12 years old, five counts of possession of child pornography under the age of 12 years old, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.