Ex-Muncie man gets 40 years for sexually abusing child

MUNCIE, Ind. — A former Muncie man has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to repeatedly sexually abusing a 6-year-old child.

According to a release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office in Indianapolis, the sex crimes leading to 38-year-old Justin Ryan Potts' most recent convictions took place between Dec. 28, 2021, and Jan. 22, 2022, when he was living in Muncie.

Potts, now listed at a Shelbyville address, recorded the sexual abuse on videos, which were uploaded to his Google account, drawing the attention of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

An investigation by Indiana State Police and the U.S. Secret Service resulted in Potts' arrest after Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman's office pursued a search warrant.

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In U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Thursday, the former Muncie man pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually exploiting the child, and one count of committing those crimes while required to register as a sex offender.

In 2014, Potts was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Hancock County.

“This serial predator inflicted horrific abuse on an innocent child to satisfy his criminal sexual desires,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. "Mr. Potts will now spend decades in federal prison, where he cannot sexually abuse another child. The serious sentence imposed today demonstrates our dedication to protecting the public from these dangerous offenders."

Jeffrey Adams, special agent in charge of the Secret Service office in Indianapolis, said the investigation was "a testament to the Secret Service’s commitment to pursue those who chose to victimize our most vulnerable citizens,”

Judge James Sweeney also ordered Potts to pay $10,000 in restitution to the child victim.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at dwalker@muncie.gannett.com.

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