Seymour man arrested for possession of child pornography


A cybertip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children led to the arrest of a Seymour man Thursday morning for possession of child pornography, police report.

Detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began an investigation in December 2023 after receiving the cybertip report from the center, according to a news release issued today byJackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer.

The tip indicated the suspect, 34-year-old Joshua Dale Horton used an online cloud storage service to upload images depicting child sexual abuse material. Utilizing the information provided in the tip, investigators were able to identify and locate the specific residence where the images were uploaded.

On Thursday, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department ICAC detectives, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children team and the Monroe County High Tech Crime Unit-Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington, went to the residence and workplace of Horton and executed search warrants.

As a result of the investigation, Horton was arrested on the charge of possession and/or distribution of child pornography, a level 5 felony. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 11:49 a.m. Thursday and was being held without bond pending his initial court hearing.

The Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a multiagency effort that investigates and prosecutes persons who use the internet to sexually exploit or entice children. The Indiana State Police oversees the task force, which the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department joined in July 2023.

The state task force encourages Hoosiers to report online exploitation, solicitation and enticement-type crimes against children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center may be accessed through the state task force’s website at

To report a crime with your child as a victim involving the Internet or other electronic means, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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