On Oct. 27, troopers received an online tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the federal agency tasked with processing and sharing reports of child sexual exploitation with law enforcement agencies.
The tip came from an Instagram user who reported seeing a video of suspected child pornography that was shared by an unknown user, state police said.
On Thursday, police served a search warrant at the home of Brian P. Dent, of Paragon. After interviewing Dent and seizing electronic devices, police made the arrest and transported him to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.
Dent is charged with one count of distribution of child pornography, a level 4 felony: two counts of possession of child pornography: child under the age of 12, a level 5 felony; seven counts of possession of child pornography, a level 6 felony; and one count of distribution of matter harmful to minors, a level 6 felony.
The investigation was carried out by Trooper Robert Whyte with assistance from troopers Sam Gillespie, Cody Brown, Randall Van Arsdale, and Internet Crimes Against Children Agencies. The Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office and the Morgan County Prosecutor's Office also provided assistance.
Online records did not list an initial court hearing in Dent's case.
Contact reporter Peter Blanchard at 765-346-2942 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @peterlblanchard.
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