By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
---- — INDIANAPOLIS — An Anderson man who pleaded guilty to child exploitation and possessing child pornography is heading to prison.
James V. Carroll, 69, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison and has been ordered to pay $10,000 in victim restitution. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson handed down the sentence on Friday, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett on Tuesday.
Carroll was charged with six counts of child exploitation and a charge of possessing child pornography last year. According to court documents, investigators became aware of the defendant when the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department received information that a 13-year-old girl had reported the abuse to a local advocacy center.
Apparently, Carroll started abusing the girl months after the death of one of her parents when he started to babysit the girl. She reported that Carroll had exploited her physically and by taking sexually explicit photographs of her.
When police searched Carroll's home after the accusations, they found numerous images and videos of child pornography in his Anderson residence, including images of the victim. The six counts covered incidents from 2002 to 2007 in Madison, Marion and Hamilton counties.
Hogsett said the investigation and subsequent case was a component of his districtwide Project Safe Childhood Initiative, and said the de facto life sentence for Carroll reaffirms the intended message that there are serious consequences for child exploitation.
In a presentencing memorandum, defense attorneys Gwendolyn Beitz and Sara Varner said that Carroll was on pretrial release for over a year and attended group therapy sessions.
Carroll is a former reporter and photographer for Anderson Newspapers Inc. He served two stints, most recently in the early 1990s for The Herald Bulletin.
According to Hogsett, federal sentencing law requires defendants to serve 85 percent of their time in a prison facility. Should the defendant serve his full prison term, he will be under federally supervised release for the remainder of his life.
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