INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Five Federal Bureau of Investigation employees were recognized Wednesday for their involvement in resolving one of the biggest child sexual exploitation cases the department has seen in two years.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Watson, FBI Special Agent Matthew Smith, FBI Special Agent Ryan Barrett, FBI Victim Specialist Sarah Abdullah and FBI Staff Operations Specialist Zachary Miller were recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The employees were able to connect a case to a 25-year-old Indiana man, which then led to the discovery of an International child pornography ring.
The investigation, called Operation Bull Dog, uncovered a child pornography series and a worldwide porn file sharing network. The agents submitted thousands of images to NCMEC's Child Victim Identification Program to see if they have been identified by law enforcement.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of more than 20 people internationally, and the rescue of more than 24 children.
The ring leader, David Bostic, was convicted on 65 counts of various child pornography charges and was sentenced to 315 years in federal prison.
State police are warning Indiana residents about a phone scam that has been reported in central Indiana where grandparents are swindled out of money by con artists who tell them about a fake emergency.
Eskenazi Health hospital will officially open for business in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday while nearby Wishard Memorial Hospital will begin to close.
State police say a southern Indiana man has been arrested after a six-hour standoff that began when he fired several shots at family members.