Author Becky Jacobs

Two men were each sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday in separate child pornography cases.

Steven Ruschak, 31, of Merrillville, and Quinn Alexander Haworth, 23, of Monticello, each pleaded guilty to to possession of child pornography, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

Ruschak was sentenced 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, according to the release.

Between September 2012 and October 2015, Ruschak downloaded and received child pornography from the internet, “including the dark web,” the release states.

“Over the course of several years, Ruschak collected over 9,000 still images and over 200 videos of child pornography including numerous visual depictions of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and child pornography depicting torture and violence against children,” the release states.

Haworth was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by 15 years supervised release and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution, according to the release.

Between February 2016 and Febreuary 2017, Haworth downloaded child pornography from various websites and forums including peer-to-peer networks, the release states.

Haworth collected over 4,000 still images and over 350 videos over the course of several years “of child pornography including numerous visual depictions of infants and toddlers engaging in sexually explicit conduct and child pornography depicting torture and violence against children,” the release states.

The cases were investigated by the FBI, Indiana State Police and Michigan City Police Department and handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abizer Zanzi.

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