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Child porn nets 10-year sentence

August 1, 2018

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge.

Walter Gross Jr., 58, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann sentenced Gross to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Federal authorities said that in April 2017, Gross was found in possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police.

Mercedes helps cover mail theft

A 35-year-old Fort Wayne woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to theft of mail, access devise fraud and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann sentenced Erin Clowser to 51 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release.

Springmann also ordered her to pay restitution to the victims of her crime in the total amount of $53,005.82.

As part of her sentence, Clowser agreed to forfeit to the United States items obtained from her illegal conduct, which included a 2002 Mercedes-Benz S500, assorted electronic and computer equipment and purses, a news release said.

According to documents filed in the case, from November 2016 and continuing through June 2017, Clowser stole mail from various residential mailboxes in the Fort Wayne area. She also used personal information of an individual without their authorization to obtain a debit card, which she then used for purchases at retail establishments and to make withdrawals from ATMs.

The case involved a joint investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI with assistance from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

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