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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

E. Ross Adair Federal Building & United States Courthouse

1300 South Harrison Street, Room 3128

Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3489



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

June 9, 2010                                                                             PHONE: (219) 937-5603

Fax: (219) 852-2770


FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN FORT WAYNE RETURNS INDICTMENTS


Fort Wayne, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in Fort Wayne, Indiana, returned the following Indictments on May 26, 2010:

 

Jose Zapata, 39, of Marion, Indiana, is charged in a two count Indictment with distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors on or about January 13, 2008, and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors on or about September 10, 2009. The Indictment also seeks for forfeiture. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force; FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Wayne Police Department Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force and Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.

 

Timothy B. Ryan, 25, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is charged in a two count Indictment with receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors on or about June 27, 2009, and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors on or about July 23, 2009. The Indictment also seeks for forfeiture. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force; FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Wayne Police Department Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force and Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.

 

Harry Esterline, 71, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is charged in a single count Indictment with receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors from on or about July 19, 2009 until on or about July 21, 2009. The Indictment also seeks for forfeiture. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force; FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Wayne Police Department Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force and Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.

 

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

 

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.