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After a year-long police investigation, a Peruvian man faces federal charges related to the production and possession of child pornography.

According to a press release from the Kokomo Police Department, investigators from the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began assisting the Peru Police Department in March 2021 with a case that they were going up against James Dustin Eugene Rippy, 38.

Last week, Homeland Security Investigations agents obtained a federal arrest warrant for Rippy for producing and possessing child pornography, and he was arrested without incident.

KPD Mjr. Brian Seldon told the Tribune on Tuesday that no state charges against Rippy are slated at this time, and no other documents or details have been released regarding the case.

Rippy is scheduled to appear via Zoom today in a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (South Bend Division), according to federal court records.

The Tribune contacted the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana and was told that Rippy’s case will have to go to a grand jury before a formal indictment is filed.

This matter is still under investigation and anyone with further information is asked to contact KPD Det. Austin Bailey at 765-456-7280 or abailey@cityofkokomo.org.

Authorities also pointed out in the press release that if you know of any reports of child pornography or child exploitation, you can report them to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843- 5678 or https://www. missingkids.org.

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