Kyle Monroe, 32, Laurel, has been formally charged with possession of child pornography as the result of an Indiana State Police investigation, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Huerkamp announced Sept. 12.

The investigation was initiated by Indiana State Police Detective Eric Fields of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. According to the probable cause affidavit filed Sept. 12, Fields acted upon cyber tips provided to him by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and was able to determine a physical address for the location of the material through an internet service provider. With that information, Fields applied for and was granted a search warrant for that residence by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Clay Kellerman Sept. 9.

The next day, Fields and other officers with the ISP Versailles District, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Martinsville Police Department and United States Secret Service executed the search warrant at 10701 Stone Church Road and discovered images of child pornography on devices that are believed to belong to Monroe, reported Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.

In the affidavit, the images that serve as the basis for Monroe’s five counts are described as depictions of girls between the ages of 1-7 engaging in sexual activity.

Monroe was arrested by the investigating officers upon the discovery of the material and is currently incarcerated at the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville, according to the news release. Kellerman set his bail at $10,000, the affidavit noted.

He is currently facing five counts of possession of child pornography, Level 5 felonies.

According to Huerkamp, the investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are possible. The prosecutor emphasized that a criminal charge is merely an accusation, and that Monroe is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

“The Indiana State Police continues to partner with other agencies to pursue those who choose to exploit children,” Wheeles said. Anyone who has information on ongoing child exploitation is urged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hotline at 800-THE-LOST.

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