Butler man charged with possessing child porn

Jaisen Zentz, 38, was arrested at his home on the 300 block of west Main Street in Butler.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 10:18 PM

BUTLER, Ind. (WFFT) - A Butler man was arrested on several charges of child pornography.

Jaisen Zentz, 38, was arrested at his home on the 300 block of west Main Street in Butler.

"We're fully committed to protecting our children," said Butler Police Chief Jim Nichols.

Zentz is charged with five counts of possessing child porn and one count of obstructing justice.

Assistant Chief Matthew Traster began investigating Zentz after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"We'll execute a search warrant on someone's house pending an investigation for child exploitation. We'll seize all the digital evidence that maybe involved with that," said Traster.

He's the only officer in DeKalb County that's part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

With that, comes special certifications other departments can use.

"We would've had to send our stuff the Indiana State Police, which they are already burdened with the load they have, and it could take months," said Traster.

Investigations that lead to an arrest can take months because the time it takes to go through a device, such as a cell phone or laptop, looking for evidence.

However, having the software in the small community helps get the suspects off the streets faster.

"Now it's done right here on the spot. We're able to process cases a lot better," said Traster.

Nichols said it's time well spent.

"Child pornography can be tied in with the epedimic we're seeing all across the country and the world right now with sexual trafficking," said Nichols.

Zentz is locked up in the DeKalb County Jail without bond.

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