Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

January 10, 2013

Local man charged with possessing child pornography

Greensburg — An Indianapolis man with close ties to Greensburg is currently under electronic home detention after being indicted Wednesday morning by an Federal Grand Jury for possessing child pornography.

According to the indictment, Randall Bruce Allen, 46, “possessed a one (1) terabyte hard drive that contained visual depictions of minors under the age of 18 years engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”

Joe Hogsett, United States attorney for Indiana’s Southern District, told the Daily News a warrant was served on Allen Nov. 27.

“Hundreds of files were found on Mr. Allen’s hard drive,” Hogsett said. “We found videos, pictures and file names that identified kids as young as four-years-old.”

If convicted on the single charge, Allen faces a maximum of ten years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines.

Hogsett declined to reveal how Allen fell under suspicion, but did stress that the investigation is ongoing.

“I can’t disclose information about our investigative techniques,” the US attorney said. “Making such information public could tip off potential offenders as to how we catch them, making it more difficult to find and prosecute these people.”

He continued, “Our investigation is continuing. We are still scouring Mr. Allen’s computers.”

According to Tim Horty, public information officer for the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana, per the terms of Allen’s electronic detention, he’s forbidden from using “a web-enabled cell-phone or any other web-enabled device without approval of the court.”

“Mr. Allen was arrested via complaint Dec. 13 at his place of business,” Horty explained. “He was released on his own recognizance.”

Also per his terms of release, Allen is barred from “drinking alcohol to excess.” He’s allowed to return to work, according to Horty, and to attend church and to participate in church activities; otherwise, he’s “under house arrest.”

According to his profile at Linked in (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bruce-allen/47/158/5ab), Allen is currently employed as a Loan Review Manager for MainSource Financial Group; he’s been with the bank since 2004.

MainSource CEO Daryl Tressler declined comment on Allen’s case, and instead referred the Daily News to the company’s Human Resources Department.

MainSource Director of Human Resources Jennifer Bullard, however, also declined comment. On advice of legal counsel, she stated, neither she nor anyone from MainSource can offer any information regarding Allen’s case or his employment.

A call to Allen’s MainSource office Thursday afternoon was transferred to voicemail.

Allen’s first court appearance has yet to be set, but Horty said a date will likely be scheduled within the next few days.

Hogsett stressed that, to date, there’s no evidence suggesting Allen himself is a predator or that he transmitted child pornography via any means.

“The indictment speaks for itself,” Hogsett said. “Mr. Allen is charged with possession only. Had there been any other evidence to suggest other activity, he would’ve been so charged. Distribution is a separate charge, but it carries the same 10-year/$250,000 maximum penalties. Had the evidence suggested he violated the law in any other way, additional charges would’ve been filed.”

“That said,” he added, “this indictment could still be superseded and additional charges added based on any additional evidence gleaned through the ongoing investigation.”

Additionally, the current investigation has also not uncovered any evidence suggesting Allen was part of a larger child pornography ring.

What the current case against Allen does suggest, however, Hogsett added, is that “there was a whole different side to Mr. Allen than that seen in Greensburg.”

Hogsett also mentioned Allen’s community service, saying that he was “doing good things in the community.”

Indeed, in a September 2011 Daily News article regarding a Habitat for Humanity home demolition project in Batesville, Allen was part of a nine-person MainSource crew helping tear down the donated home.

“People engaged in this kind of activity on the internet believe they’re anonymous and untraceable,” Hogsett said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The US district attorney also expressed dismay that some people might not take this type of crime as seriously as it should be treated.

“I’ve heard people suggest that [consuming child pornography via the internet] is a victimless crime,” he added. “Why spend our money, time and resources prosecuting people who are engaged in an activity in the privacy of their own home? They aren’t out dealing drugs or raping, robbing, killing or molesting. Why bother? Who are they really hurting?”

“But this is not a victimless crime,” he stressed. “The victims are these innocent children. And each time someone else downloads and views these images or videos, these kids are re-victimized.”

Those victims, according to Hogsett, are extremely difficult to find. Not only do these images come from all over the world, but they’re also “often shot in a way so as to hide or obscure the victim’s face, making them difficult to identify.”

Moreover, the US attorney added, consuming child pornography, while obviously not as serious a crime as producing it or engaging in predatory behavior, is only one step removed from those more severe crimes.

“One of the big problems with this crime,” Hogsett said, “is that the currency used to pay for this material isn’t money; it’s usually other pictures.”

In example, Hogsett cited the case of David Bostic, a Bloomington man who was sentenced to 315 years imprisonment last year for his role in an international child pornography ring. That ring was uncovered, dismantled and prosecuted through an investigation known as “Operation Bulldog.”

“Mr. Bostic started as a consumer of child pornography,” Hogsett explained. “His activities escalated when others in his network providing him with material demanded he provide child pornography of his own. As a result, five children in and around Bloomington — all under the age of four — were victimized by Mr. Bostic.”

“So we’re always fearful of the child pornography consumer becoming a producer,” he continued. “Our job is to protect the children of Indiana as vigorously as possible and prevent them from becoming victimized by those kinds of predators.”

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.

 

1
Text Only
News
  • nws-gb041614-layton library lecture - pic - pg1 Jonestown survivor tells cautionary tale of history GREENSBURG -- Deborah Layton's nightmares of Jonestown ceased long ago, but even after all these years, one dream yet remains. It's a dream of her mother and it's very simple, Layton explained. She was speaking to a group of Decatur Countians Monday

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • At a glance... Obituary: Velma Carrie Lutes, 86 At a glance Courthouse closed for Good Friday Absentee voting will be closed at the Decatur County Courthouse Friday due to the closure of the courthouse in observance of Good Friday. Absentee voting is open from no

    April 16, 2014

  • nws-gb041614-job fair preview coplon pic More than 150 jobs at local fair GREENSBURG -- A job fair on Thursday will include more than a dozen employers with more than 150 available jobs. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Greensburg City Hall. Employers including auto parts makers, banks and farms are seeking cand

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. April 17 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Job

    April 16, 2014

  • Road rage incident with gun leads to arrest GREENSBURG -- A Hartsville man has been arrested after a road rage incident in which he is suspected to have threatened another driver with a gun. Shawn Fuller, 29, was booked into Decatur County Jail at 11:55 a.m. Saturday on charges of criminal rec

    April 16, 2014

  • nws-gb041614-Holly Bruns 5K pic- page 1 Annual 5K honors slain teacher OLDENBURG - Many people remember Holly Bruns as a passionate teacher and coach at South Decatur High School (SDHS), rather than a woman who tragically lost her life at the hands of a drunk driver. Bruns was an avid bicyclist who was killed instantly

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb041514-easter kids day - pic - pg1 Bikes, candy, health and fun on order at annual events GREENSBURG -- If you were hoping for a bit of face time with the Easter Bunny during the current Easter season, there was no better place than the Decatur Family YMCA on Saturday during the 2014 Greensburg Daily News Easter Egg Hunt. Kids flocked aro

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • spt-gb-041514 GB baseball PIC Pirates 4-0 after sweep of Spartans The Greensburg boys varsity baseball team improved to 4-0 and continued its fast start with a double-header sweep of Connersville Saturday. The visiting Pirates clinched a 2-0 start in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference by sweeping the host Spar

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seniors celebrating “Moments to Remember” GREENSBURG - The Greensburg Adult Center is hosting a senior's prom from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the First Christian Church Family Life Center. The event is meant as a way for seniors in the area to get out and have a night of fun. No date

    April 15, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. April 15 5:30 to 8 p.m. - Bluegr

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
SmugMug Photo Galleries


Share your photos with us!

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.