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December 13, 2011

Greenville photographer arrested on child porn charges

Officer saw images on computer screen at restaurant

GREENVILLE — A Greenville photographer who regularly attends youth sporting events in Clark and Floyd counties was arrested Tuesday afternoon on child pornography charges.

Stephen J. Brockman, 48, was charged Tuesday morning in Harrison County Superior Court with nine counts of class D felony possession of child pornography. He was taken into custody shortly after an arrest warrant was issued.

Brockman is well known throughout Southern Indiana for taking photographs at middle and high school sporting events and selling the photo prints to parents.

“Our biggest concern obviously is his access to children,” Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk said.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Harrison County Police Department Officer Nicholas Smith was walking through a McDonald’s restaurant Nov. 14 in Corydon when he observed Brockman asleep in an upright position behind a table. There was a laptop computer in front of him.

When the officer walked behind Brockman, he observed multiple pictures of nude children who appeared to be between the ages of 5 and 10 on the computer screen. Brockman consented to a warantless search of his computer, which was taken into evidence.

An investigation by the Indiana State Police revealed “hundreds of images of child erotica,” according to court records. There was at least one image that depicted sexual conduct by a child.

Brockman has been published as a freelance photographer in several local newspapers throughout the years, including the News and Tribune. Schalk said his understanding is that Brockman does not have a contract with any publication.

Brockman has a website where he sells photo prints from $1.25 to $25 depending on the size. On the website, he displays albums from hundreds of school sporting events from 2008 through this year, including fifth grade girls’ basketball tournaments.

He faces six months to three years in prison for each class D felony if convicted.

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