Steuben County Man Arrested On Child Porn, Exploitation Charges
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

(STEUBEN COUNTY) – Authorities have arrested a Steuben County man on several charges following an almost two month investigation.

On July 27, the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a cyber tip from the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. After investigating the tip, a search warrant was issued September 14 for a residence in the 4,000 block of North County Road 450 West in Angola. ISP and the Steuben County Sheriff's Department searched the home.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation, which is continuing.