Berne Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

DECATUR, IN - Early Monday morning at approximately 12:30am, Indiana State Police Trooper Anthony Repass turned an otherwise “routine” traffic stop for speeding, into the subsequent arrest of the driver for possession of child pornography.  Gabriel Kruchkow, 18, of Berne, was stopped by Trooper Repass for an observed speeding violation on US27 in Decatur. 

During the course of the traffic stop, a consensual search of Kruchkow’s vehicle ultimately led to the discovery of material that was pornographic in nature, which led Repass to take more in depth investigative measures. 

Kruchkow was transported to the Adams County Sheriff’s department for further questioning.  At the conclusion of the investigation, enough information had been established to substantiate the arrest of Kruchkow on preliminary charges related to the possession of child pornography. Kruchkow was placed under arrest and booked into custody of the Adams County jail, where he was to be held pending an initial hearing on the matter.

Trooper Repass was assisted in this investigation by Trooper Casey Witzigreuter, and Deputy Ty Hanni of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. Although an arrest was made in this case, this is considered an active investigation that may develop further. 

As such, there is no further information to release at this time, so as not to compromise future investigative leads.

Anyone having any information related to cyber-crimes against children are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website at http://www.missingkids.com/cybertipline.