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Shelbyville man arrested for child exploitation and child pornography charges

Early Tuesday morning, Indiana State Police officers arrested a Shelbyville man at his residence for child exploitation. The investigation that began in March by Indiana State Police Sergeant Matt Simmons of the Cyber Crime Unit, yielded information that directed him to obtain a search warrant for the residence of Michael D. Sermersheim, 68, of 522 3rd street. Sergeant Simmons, along with other members of the Indiana State Police ICAC task force, Indiana State Police: Versailles Post Field Investigations, Indiana State Police: Indianapolis Post Enforcement, and Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit executed a search warrant at the residence early this morning and allegedly found evidence to indicate that Sermersheim had been utilizing peer-to-peer networks to download and disseminate child pornography. Other digital media items were examined and allegedly found to contain files of child pornography. Sermersheim was taken into custody and preliminarily arrested for child exploitation, level 5 felony, and possession of child pornography. Sermersheim was incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail without bond. The investigation is continuing.

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