ELKHART – City officials say a Secret Service agent and St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office detective took an Elkhart Street Department employee away from his job in handcuffs Thursday morning. By Thursday evening he had been charged for one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Street Commissioner Marty Morgan said the agent and detective approached him Thursday morning, asked about an employee and then took that employee into custody.
The U.S. Attorney's Office later confirmed that employee was Stephen Sachs of Goshen.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Sachs had his initial appearance Thursday before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein and was remanded into custody. His arraignment/detention hearing is set for the 27th of this month.
"This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the United States Secret Service and the Elkhart County Police Department," according to the news release."
"...This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice." the release continued. "Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov."