Monday, July 27, 2009

Christopher Ramirez Charged with Child Porn

A local man is facing child exploitation charges after admitting to having child porn on his neighbor's lap-top computer.

The Hamilton County Metropolitan Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used a file sharing program that helped link Christopher Ramirez to the downloaded images.

Police arrested the 33-year-old Thursday, after federal investigators found the child porn on the computer.

The United States Attorney’s Office announced the return of indictments against Brian L. Schinbeckler, 50, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bernard L. Squires, 64, of Columbia City, Indiana, and the filing of a criminal complaint against Christopher Ramirez, 33, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

These charges were the result of an extensive cooperative law enforcement effort by member agencies of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. This operation involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Hamilton County Metro ICAC Task Force, and the Indiana State Police. This is an ongoing investigative effort, led by the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force, to combat Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing of child pornography in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.

Throughout the week of July 20, 2009, law enforcement executed federal search warrants in Fort Wayne and one in Columbia City. Based on information developed during the operation, a criminal complaint was filed against Schinbeckler on the evening of Monday, July 20, 2009, and he was arrested soon thereafter at his home in Fort Wayne.

Squires was arrested at his home in Columbia City on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Both individuals were indicted by the Federal Grand Jury on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, for violations of Title 18 U.S.C. 2252 relating to their distribution of material containing sexually explicit depictions of minors.

Ramirez was arrested on July 23, 2009, and a criminal complaint was filed on July 24, 2009. Ramirez is charged with production of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2251.

The investigation continues and charges against additional suspects are anticipated.

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