Fort Branch Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

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Gibson County –  Indiana State Police served an arrest warrant yesterday morning on Joseph E. Beal, 36, of Fort Branch, for possessing child pornography.

Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Getz initiated a criminal investigation in September 2017 after receiving a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about an inappropriate YouTube video that was allegedly posted on a channel affiliated with Beal’s account. During the investigation, forensic examiners from the Indiana State Police Cyber Crimes Unit discovered child pornography on Beal’s cell phone.

Indiana State Police arrested Beal at his residence yesterday without incident. He was taken to the Gibson County Jail where he later posted bond and was released.

Arrested and Charge:

  • Joseph E. Beal, 36, Fort Branch, IN
  1. Possession of Child Pornography

Investigating Officer: Detective Kevin Getz, Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit

Assisting Officers: Sergeant Marty Metzger, Sergeant Kevin Brown and Detective Matt Jacobs

Assisting Agency: Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

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