Earlier today, Troopers with the Indiana State Police Bloomington District and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) arrested a Mitchell man on charges of child exploitation, possession of child pornography, and drug charges.
The cyber tips and subsequent investigation by Master Trooper/Detective Kevin Getz and Trooper Robert Whyte ultimately led to the arrest of Brennan D. Winkler, 26 years old from Mitchell, for the following charges,
- One Count of Child Exploitation, Level 4 Felony
- Twenty Counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Level 5 Felony
- One Count of Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
- One County Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
The investigation by the Indiana State Police ICAC began when five cyber tips were received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Troopers Whyte and Getz were assisted by Troopers Sam Gillespie and Ben Burris along with representatives from the Lawrence County Prosecutors Office and Indiana Department of Child Services.
Anyone having any information related to crimes against children is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website at http://www.missingkids.com/
An arrest photo may be obtained from the Lawrence County Jail.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law