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Rushville special sheriff's deputy, firefighter charged with child exploitation and child molest

Federal child exploitation and child porn charges against a Rush County Special Sheriff's Deputy.


Philip Harr, 29, of Rushville is charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography.


Federal prosecutors say Harr posed as a teenage girl on social media to solicit photos and videos of at least two kids having sex. The victims were from Indiana and Mississippi. Harr is also accused of using social media to share and receive child pornography.


Court papers say Harr was engaging in these activities while on duty as a Rush Co. government employee, Rush Co. Special Sheriff's Deputy, and Rushville fireman. He even used a police database to do searches for one of his victims, according to U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler.


The Rush County Sheriff's Department and the FBI conducted the joint investigation.


A spokesperson for the Rush County Sheriff’s Department said, "Our department would like to thank everyone involved in this investigation. Officers worked tirelessly to bring charges against Mr. Harr and seek justice for his victims."


Harr faces 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts.