A cyber tip led police to a Zionsville man who admitted to enjoying child porn and getting high and sharing it online, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Austin Livesay, 29, is charged with three counts of child exploitation, three counts of possession of child pornography, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.

Carmel Police Detective John Pirics received three tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, indicating that Livesay uploaded pornographic files to Facebook Messenger, according to court records. The tips started in March.

Pirics, who is assigned to the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force, got a search warrant for Livesay’s social media accounts and found videos and still photos showing boys who appeared to be younger than 12 forced into sexual activity with an adult male, Pirics reported.

Investigators tracked Livesay to a Zionsville home via his IP addresses and geolocation technology. A search warrant was served on him at the home Oct. 3, according to court records.

Pirics and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent found Livesay seated on his bed among scattered drug paraphernalia, Pirics reported. Livesay had .6 grams of meth, a meth pipe, several hypodermic needles and two cell phones, according to court records.

On Livesay’s phones, police found several images of prepubescent boys engaged in sex with an adult male, photos of Livesay, and videos of children engaged in sex, Pirics reported.

Livesay told police the email accounts they investigated belonged to him, he has received child pornography via download links, he gets high and distributes child pornography via Facebook Messenger, and he enjoys child pornography, Pirics wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed Nov. 19 in Boone County Circuit Court.

Police arrested him Saturday, and he was being held without bond in the Boone County Jail, pending an initial hearing.

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