FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man arrested Wednesday on eight felony counts of child exploitation was in misdemeanor court Thursday morning. Erik Leigh Hayden, 19, of Fort Wayne was arrested following a three-month-long undercover investigation by the Indiana State Police.
Hayden’s bond was set to $10,000 per count, bringing his total bond to $80,000. While in court, the state also asked for more time to file formal charges.
According to police, the investigation looked into peer-to-peer file sharing via the Internet being done by Hayden. Officers with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at Hayden’s home and took him into custody. The task force is made up of the Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. It was not made clear exactly what was found during the search warrant in a news release issued by Indiana State Police.
The news release notifying the media of Hayden’s arrest also did not indicate if that investigation was related to one that led to the arrest of Dillon D. Kingsbery of Huntertown on Tuesday after 6,000 child pornogrpahy, bestiality and bondage images were found on computer devices at his home in Huntertown following an investigation by Indiana State Police.