Churubusco man wanted on child porn charges arrested at southern border

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A Churubusco man wanted on a nationwide arrest warrant for child pornography possession and related charges has been arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border.

It was September 2016 when investigators with the Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit began an undercover investigation into “peer-to-peer file sharing” of child porn over the internet. State police said in a news release that the “criminal activity” had been happening at a Greenwood Drive home in Churubusco.

A search of that home turned up “multiple digital data devices, to include computers, hard drives, and cell phones,” state police said. On the devices, investigators found “numerous files of alleged child pornography,” according to state police.

Jason Boyd Semler was identified as a suspect in the case.

State police said Semler had also been talking with minors over the internet and they had shared multiple nude photos and videos with him.  One of these victims was from Virginia, and another lived in Ireland, police said.

In June 2018, the Whitley Circuit Court issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Semler for:

  • Three Counts of Child Exploitation, Level 5 Felony
  • Two Counts of Vicarious Sexual Gratification, Level 5 Felony
  • Four Counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Level 6 Felony

When authorities went to serve the arrest warrant, they learned Semler had fled the country, however, police said.

On Monday, the 46-year-old Semler was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as he tried to enter the country from Mexico, according to state police. Semler is currently in federal custody in Laredo, Texas, awaiting extradition to Indiana.

The case is still under investigation.

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