Dual sex offender against children sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of child sex abuse material USAO-SDIN

INDIANAPOLIS — Christopher Gene Beke, 44, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of child sex abuse material following a previous conviction.

According to court documents, law enforcement officials received a report in December 2021 that child sexual abuse material consisting of hundreds of photos showing children engaged in sexually explicit acts was stored in a Google account. Through investigation, officers learned that Beke was the Google account owner and a registered sex offender.

On January 25, 2022, a search warrant was executed at Beke’s Crawfordsville home. Officers confiscated several electronic devices, including two USB sticks and a cell phone. The devices were examined and found to contain numerous images of children, including at least one pre-adolescent child engaged in sexually explicit acts. The images were representative of child sexual abuse material found in Beke’s Google account.

In 2011, Beke was convicted of child molestation in Indiana after she repeatedly sexually abused a 10-year-old girl. Beke was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 4 years probation. In 2017, Beke was sentenced to 16 months in Indiana for possession of child sexual abuse material. In his federal sentencing today, the sentencing judge found that Beke had engaged in a pattern of activity that involved the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor.

Zachary A. Myers, US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Acting Special Agent for the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The verdict was handed down by US District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. As part of the ruling, Judge Magnus-Stinson ordered Beke to be monitored by the U.S. Parole Board for 12 years after his release from federal prison and ordered Beke to pay the child victims $13,000 in compensation. Beke is also required to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina M. Korobov and Trial Attorney Adam W. Braskich of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division, who are prosecuting the case.

This investigation was conducted by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a partnership of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies led by the Indiana State Police. The Task Force is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the technology-enhanced sexual exploitation of children and the trafficking of child sexual abuse material. Each year, Indiana-based ICAC investigators evaluate thousands of leads, investigate hundreds of cases and rescue dozens of children from ongoing sexual abuse. In fiscal year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the Southern District of Indiana was the second-largest of the nation’s 94 federal districts in terms of the number of prosecuted cases of child sexual exploitation.