Author: Staff report Post-Tribune

A Hebron man was sentenced Tuesday in Hammond’s federal court to more than six years in prison on a child pornography charge. Daniel Bender, 52, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana states. Bender was sentenced Tuesday to 78 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, along with $35,000 in restitution, the release states.

In April 2016, a task force officer with the FBI Indianapolis division “reported activity on a file-sharing network,” according to the release.   The officer monitored the network and “downloaded and observed videos containing child pornography, specifically of prepubescent girls and boys engaged in sex acts with adults,” the release states.

The IP address related to the downloads was tracked to Bender’s home address, according to the release. With a search warrant, investigators found more than 5,500 images and 1,900 videos of children and infants “being sexually exploited, abused, tortured and raped,” the release states.

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