Jan 22, 2013
U.S. Attorney announces new initiative to combat child porn
"U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett discusses new initiative targeting child porn offenders. Prosecutors recently charged five Indy-area men with child porn possession or distribution in January.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and that means that our policy on child pornography and child exploitation is quite simple: zero tolerance,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett.
At first glance, the five men bear little resemblance to each other.
One is a 23-year-old from New Palestine. Another, a 42-year-old from Noblesville. The rest come from all over Indianapolis.
But all of them are now charged with possessing or distributing child porn — part of a widespread new initiative announced by the U.S. Attorney’s office Tuesday.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, and that means that our policy on child pornography and child exploitation is quite simple: zero tolerance,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett. “Zero tolerance to us means there is no acceptable amount of this type of behavior. Zero tolerance means that we don’t care if you were the producer of these disgusting materials. Zero tolerance means it doesn’t matter to us if you’re part of an international conspiracy or simply a conspiracy of want. Zero tolerance.”"
Future Political Speculation
"On August 15, 2012, the Indianapolis Star published a piece entitled, "Is U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett eyeing a run at Indianapolis mayor?"
The profile notes that Hogsett's visibility and successes as U.S. Attorney have fueled speculation of a return to politics in Indiana, citing both the 2015 mayoral election in Indianapolis and the 2016 U.S. Senate race as possibilities.
Hogsett received especially strong praise from former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, who described Hogsett as "a wonderful representative for the Democratic Party and the people of Indiana.""
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