Two Ball State students arrested on charges of possession of child pornography

Possession of child pornography charges found two Ball State students in jail in the past week.

Thomas Scott, 20, was arrested Friday at 4:10 p.m. by Delaware County police officer Nancy Marvin on counts of exploitation and possession of child pornography, a class D felony. Police confiscated his personal computer and a computer shared by family members; Scott lives with his parents in Muncie. The computers were taken to the Delaware County Justice Center.

A probable cause affidavit indicates six photos were on the hard drive of Scott's personal computer. According to the court documents, these photos involved girls in different sexual poses, and one showed a boy and girl apparently engaged in sexual intercourse. The children in the pictures looked to be 10 to 14 years old, according to the affidavit.

Scott was already in jail for other charges when the photos were discovered. His bail was set at $30,000.

Jonathon Hike, 19, of North Greenfield, Ohio, was arrested for two counts of possession of child pornography, a class D felony. The arrest took place Monday at 3 p.m. at the Redkey State Police Post, and Hike was taken to the Delaware County Jail. His bond was set for $10,000, and he paid a cash bond around noon Tuesday.
An affidavit of probable cause has been sealed. A request to unseal the case will be presented to the judge of Muncie Circuit Court 5 on Wednesday.

Detective Chris Toney, with the Indiana State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, and Reba Grass, with the Ball State University Police Department, worked in cooperation on Hike's arrest, which was the result of a nearly eight-month investigation.

Neither the suspects nor the police officers could be reached for comment.

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