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Steuben County man charged in child exploitation case

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STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Indiana State Police detectives arrested a Steuben County man who is accused of child exploitation, possession of child pornography and a weapons offense.

At the end of July, the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (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.

As a result, police arrested Joseph McDowell on Monday.

He's now charged with two counts of child exploitation under 12 years old, five counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Anyone having any information related to cyber-crimes against children are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website at

The Indiana ICACTF was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, and Troopers from the ISP Fort Wayne Post.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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