HAMMOND – Daniel Bender, 52 years old, of Hebron, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen on his plea of guilty to receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.
Bender was sentenced to 78 months in prison followed by 5 years supervised release, along with $35,000 restitution.
According to documents in this case, in April 2016, a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the FBI Indianapolis Division reported activity on a file-sharing network. The activity on this network was monitored with the TFO using specialized law enforcement software. The TFO downloaded and observed videos containing child pornography, specifically of prepubescent girls and boys engaged in sex acts with adults. The IP address related to these downloads was tracked to Bender’s home address. A search warrant was executed, recovering over 5500 images and 1900 videos of children and infants being sexually exploited, abused, tortured and raped.
This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the FBI and was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria N. Lerner.