Anderson man faces child porn charges as police find huge hard drive full of photos and videos

ANDERSON — An Anderson man has been arrested on charges of child pornography after police discovered him using file sharing programs online.

Shane Lewis Stephens Sr., 34, 1200 block of Locust Street, was arrested Monday by Indiana State Police on 11 counts of child pornography.

The investigation began when Stephens’ alleged IP address was found to be connected to a computer file that contained hundreds of files of child pornography, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Stephens told police he was the only user of the IP address and all electronic devices in the basement where he lives.

While a search warrant was being executed, police found a 160-gigabyte hard drive that was completely full of child pornography in the form of photos and videos, according to the affidavit. Depending on the size of photos, that size of drive can hold about 13,000 photos.

Stephens said the hard drive had child pornography on it when he bought it, according to the affidavit. He told police he has boxes of hard drives, and he gets them through friends or buys them at pawn shops or yard sales.

Stephens told police he looked through the files, but he didn’t know what to do. He told police he knew how to reset a hard drive to factory settings, which would rid it of all content, but he did not do that, according to the affidavit.

He said he kept going back to look at the files.

“I knew what was on there. I shouldn’t have kept looking at them,” he told police, according to the affidavit.

Stephens said he went to find more child pornography on Frost Wire, a program used for downloading files.

“I found one file and didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t want to keep it but I didn’t want to get rid of it,” he told police, according to the affidavit.

Stephens told police he is attracted to teens and older. On the hard drive, pornography was found of children as young as 2 or 3 years old, according to the affidavit.

Police seized several hard drives and several cellphones during the search. Many of the devices would not power on when investigators tried to retrieve data, according to the affidavit.

The hard drive that Stephens said had child pornography on it was sent to the U.S. Secret Service, which was able to clone most of the data from the original hard drive, according to the affidavit.

Stephens was released from jail Monday on a $5,000 bond. No court dates had been set as of Tuesday.

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