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Two WL men charged with sex crimes against children after major investigation

Two West Lafayette men have been arrested and charged after a ten month investigation into alleged sex crimes against children..

Posted: Jun. 27, 2018 11:25 AM
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 1:50 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two West Lafayette men have been arrested and charged after a ten-month investigation into alleged sex crimes against children. 


Deputies arrested Joshua and Robert Love (also known as Robert Rains) Tuesday on charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography. The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office began investigating the two men in September of 2017 after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). 

According to court documents, beginning in October of 2016, pornographic pictures and videos were uploaded to a cloud storage system. The IP address linked to the account was under Robert Love's name.  The uploaded pictures were publically available for download. The videos showed pre-teen boys and girls exposing themselves and engaging in sexual acts, according to the NCMEC.

In November 2017, officers performed a search warrant at a home on Woods Edge Court in West Lafayette. Prosecutors say, at the time Robert Love admitted Joshua showed Robert sexual videos of children from the cloud account. Robert Love said Joshua would save images and videos from a social media chat site and upload them to Robert Love's cloud site. 

Court documents state Joshua Love told investigators he used a cell phone to watch porn, but did not watch porn with individuals under 18. Joshua admitted he traded photos and videos of himself over a social media chat site. 

Both men later admitted they would view child pornography on cell phones, according to court documents. Detectives with the sheriff's office later found sexual videos and pictures of children under 18 on several electronic devices. 

The sheriff's office confirmed to News 18 the two men were related. Court documents show the two men are married. They were both arrested Tuesday at the Woods Edge Court home. 

Robert Love is currently being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on charges of:
3 counts of child exploitation, Level 5 Felony
7 counts of possession of child pornography, Level 5/6 Felony
1 count of child solicitation, Level 5 felony

Joshua Love is currently being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on charges of:
3 counts of child exploitation, Level 5 Felony
3 counts of possession of child pornography, Level 6 Felony

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