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Investigation into Child Pornography Results in Arrest



Lawrence County - jANUARY 5, 2023 - An investigation into a Bedford man's alleged Possession of Child Pornography began in December of 2022 after a family member located suspected images on the electronic devices owned and utilized by the suspect. Upon speaking to the complainant, Deputy Andrew Tillett of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department contacted Detective Robert Whyte of the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Section for assistance with the case.


Deputy Tillett and Detective Whyte interviewed the man about the allegations along with performing forensic examinations of the suspected electronic devices. Through those investigatory techniques, officers were able to confirm that the man was in Possession of Child Pornography. A review by the Lawrence County Prosecutors Office resulted in an arrest warrant that was approved by the Honorable Judge Plummer III.

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, Paul J. Imhoff, a 29-year-old male from Bedford was arrested by Trooper Cody Brown and Trooper Tyler Trueblood and then transported to the Lawrence County Jail for the following charges,

  • Four Counts of Possession of Child Pornography under 12 years of age, a Level 5 Felony

  • Two Counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a Level 6 Felony

This is an active investigation and more charges in other jurisdictions may be forthcoming once reviewed.

Anyone having any information related to crimes against children is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website at http://www.missingkids.com/home and find the link to make a CYBERTIPLINE report.

An arrest photo may be obtained from the Lawrence County Jail.


All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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