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garner man receives more than 15 years in prison for child pornography

March 26, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on March 22, 2012, Chief United States District Judge James C Dever III, sentenced MATTHEW KENNETH POPKE, 27, to 188 months imprisonment followed by a life-term of supervised release.  POPKE is also required to register as a sex offender.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 16, 2011.  On November 14, 2011, POPKE pled guilty to distribution of child pornography, which occurred on April 5, 2011. 

This case arose out of an undercover investigation regarding the distribution of child pornography through peer-to-peer networks identified a username.  The IP address of the user was tracked.  Law enforcement obtained a search warrant of the POPKE residence.  Computers and media storage devices were seized and a foresenic analysis uncovered over 133,000 images of child pornography.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level.  For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles, California; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kansas City, Missouri; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum prosecuted the case.










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