A Claypool man was arrested Thursday for possession of child pornography.

Kenneth Robert Hyatt, 51, of 6889 S. Ind. 15, Claypool, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 2:02 p.m. Thursday on a preliminary surety bond of $5,000 and cash bond of $250. That bond was increased to $10,000 surety and $250 cash Friday.

Court documents filed Thursday list the charges against him as two counts of child pornography (victims under the age of 12), level 5 felonies, and one count of child pornography, a level 6 felony.

An Indiana State Police news release issued Friday states the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Hyatt on Thursday.

The investigation began in January when a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was received by the ICAC Task Force. NCMEC received its tip on Dec. 17, according to court documents.

ISP trooper Lesley Knafel viewed the videos from the tip that depicted nude children, ages 3 to 8, engaged in sexual activity.

Knafel obtained a search warrant and received information from Hyatt’s Dropbox account on March 20. In the Dropbox, Knafel saw numerous photographs of children from toddlers to pre-pubescent teens engaged in sexual activity with adults, court documents state. Knafel also learned the IP address belonged to Hyatt.

As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and served at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Officers obtained Hyatt’s cellphone and on it found 3D images depicting children under age 12 engaging in sexual activity.

Hyatt admitted that the Dropbox account belonged to him and that he had been looking for child pornography on the dark web. He said he is sexually attracted to preteen girls, court documents state. He admitted that the email address used in the cybertips belonged to him and no one else has access to that email.

Hyatt was arrested at his residence and incarcerated in the Kosciusko County Jail.

Additional forensic examinations are ongoing and the possibility of additional charges will be determined by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office, the ISP release states.

The ICAC Task Force was assisted by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Claypool Police Department, Fort Wayne Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.

Anyone having any information related to crimes against children is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website, www.missingkids.com/home, and find the link to make a CYBERTIPLINE report.