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Attica Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND – James Venable, 63 years old, of Attica, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Gretchen S. Lund after pleading guilty to Possession of Child Pornography, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Venable was sentenced to 120 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to the victims of the offense.

According to documents in the case, on or about September 13, 2022, Venable possessed child pornography while having a previous conviction for possession of child pornography.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Indiana State Police, the Indiana State Police Digital Forensics Unit, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily Morgan.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated June 7, 2024

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