Muncie man faces child porn charges
By T.J. WILHAM
The Star Press ...6-6-98
MUNCIE -- A Muncie man went too far on the World Wide Web when he sent an e-mail message containing child pornography, authorities said
FBI agents arrested Charles L. White, 49, 1616 W. White River Blvd., on Friday. He faces charges of traveling in interstate commerce to have sex with a minor, enticing a minor to have sex and transmitting child pornography in interstate commerce.
"This is a very disturbing offense, and we want to do everything we can to stop it," U.S. attorney Judith A. Stewart said. "It's an increasing problem that has taken a top priority by the Department of Justice."
The FBI received a tip in March from a concerned citizen who received an e-mail message from White that contained child pornography, authorities said.
FBI agents posing as a 14-year-old girl spent 2 months writing to White. Through e-mail conversations, White arranged to meet the girl in Ohio to have sex.
After the arrangement was set up by the FBI, White traveled to Ohio, where agents watched him wait for a girl who never showed up.
Friday morning, agents arrested White while he was at work.
Hours later, White appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Indianapolis, where a hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 35 years and a fine of up to $750,000.
"Child pornography is obviously a great concern to parents," Stewart said. "We encourage anyone who sees something like that on the Internet to call us immediately."
Indictments returned against Muncie man 6-25-98
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned indictments against a Muncie man accused of transmitting child pornography on the Internet.
Charles L. White, 49, was indicted in U.S. District Court on four counts: possessing child pornography, possessing a computer hard-drive disk containing child pornography, and two counts of possessing unregistered sawed-off shotguns.
Each of the two child-pornography charges carries a maximum 5-year prison term, and each weapons charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
Federal agents arrested White in Muncie on June 5 after an investigation by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve DeBrota.
The Muncie man was released from custody last Wednesday, when he was placed on electronic home detention pending resolution of his case. He was ordered not to use computers or have contact with persons under the age of 18.
According to Tuesday's indictments, White is accused of possessing two Polaroid photographs, a videotape and a computer hard-drive disk that contained "visual depictions of minors under the age of 18 years engaging in sexually explicit conduct."
U.S. Attorney Judith Stewart said the investigation leading to White's arrest was "part of a coordinated nationwide effort to halt the making and distribution of child pornography through interstate computer networks.