U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
August 8, 2012
Former High School Coach Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal grand jury in Providence today returned a three-count indictment charging Glen Matteson, 52, of Richmond, with receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography. The former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach also faces state charges of indecent solicitation of a child and possession of child pornography previously brought bythe Richmond Police Department.
Federal charges were sought by the U.S. Attorney against Matteson based on additional evidence developed by Richmond Police, an agent from Homeland Security Investigations and the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force following Matteson’s arrest by Richmond Police on February 22, 2012.
Matteson’s federal indictment was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Richmond Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson, Jr.; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Matteson was released on unsecured bond following an appearance in federal court today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin. Matteson also remains free on bail pending further proceedings in state court.
If convicted in federal court as charged in the indictment, Matteson faces up to a total of 60 years imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years in federal prison; lifetime of supervised release; and up to $750,000 in fines.
An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.
The ICAC Task Force is a Department of Justice grant-funded program administered by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit. It is comprised of detectives from the Rhode Island State Police and Providence, West Warwick, and Coventry, R.I., Police Departments, and an agent from ICE-Homeland Security Investigations. The objective of the RI ICAC is to form strong working relationships between local, state and federal law enforcement to effectively and efficiently prevent, detect, investigate, and prosecute online child exploitation and child pornography crimes.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
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