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Date: 07-09-2024

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United States of America v. Joshua Lee Schatz

Case Number: 2:24-cr-00001

Judge: Thomas A. Varlan

Court: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Marion County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis

Defendant's Attorney:

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Indianapolis, Indiana criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Possessing Images of the Sexual Abuse of Babies and Toddlers

Terre Haute Sex Offender Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Images of the Sexual Abuse of Babies and Toddlers

On February 3, 2023, Indiana State Police Troopers received a tip that Joshua Lee Schatz, age 33, of Terre Haute, had sent anime and computer-generated images of child sexual abuse material to another individual through text messages. The obscene images were extremely graphic, and some depicted toddlers being raped and sexually abused by adult men.

On March 10, 2023, investigators executed a search warrant and seized Schatz’ phone and electronic devices from his home in Terre Haute. Investigators discovered hundreds of child sexual abuse images and videos on his devices, including images and videos depicting the rape and sexual abuse of babies, toddlers, and other prepubescent children—some of the victims appearing to be babies under 6-months-old.

Investigators also located text messages sent by Schatz in which he described sexual activity he wanted to perform on children known to him.

At the time of his 2023 arrest, Joshua Schatz was a registered sex offender as a result of his 2016 conviction for sexually abusing a child under 14-years-old in Vigo County.

“There is no greater responsibility for a society than to protect our children from harm—especially the youngest and most vulnerable, unable to speak for themselves,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Repeat offenders like this defendant demonstrate their unwillingness or inability to stop committing these crimes, and a serious term of imprisonment is needed to protect the public and hold the offender accountable. Together with our partners at the FBI, IMPD, and Indiana’s exemplary ICAC Task Force, we will continue to make our children safer by ensuring that these dangerous predators are in prison where they belong.”

The FBI, Indiana State Police, and IMPD investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha Spiro, who prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted by the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a multiagency task force led by the Indiana State Police that investigates and prosecutes persons who use the internet to sexually exploit or entice children. Each year, Indiana ICAC investigators evaluate thousands of tips, investigate hundreds of cases, and rescue dozens of children from ongoing sexual abuse. Visit to learn more about their efforts.

This case was also brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release

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