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Goshen man indicted on child porn charges

A Goshen man faces federal child porn charges after being arrested at his workplace this morning.

Posted on Feb. 23, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 23, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.

ELKHART — A Goshen man who was arrested this morning at his job has been indicted on federal porn charges.

Stephen P. Sachs, 52, of Goshen, was charged in a federal indictment unsealed today with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Bend.

Federal officers went to the Elkhart Street Department this morning and removed an employee from the premises.

Sachs had an initial appearance today before Magistrate Christopher Nuechterlein and was placed in custody. An arraignment/detention hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

A grand jury returned the indictment, which alleges that Sachs possessed materials which involved a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. According to a court document, authorities confiscated three computers and numerous hard drives.

The case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the United States Secret Service and the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.

According to Arvis Dawson, executive assistant to Mayor Dick Moore, officers identified themselves to Street Commissioner Marty Morgan, told him who they were looking for and hauled the man away in handcuffs.

“That's all we know,” Dawson said.

Lt. Laura Koch, spokeswoman for the Elkhart Police Department, said officers from St. Joseph County and the U.S. Secret Service were in Elkhart, possibly about 9 a.m., regarding a federal case.


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