U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 20, 2012
Former High School Coach Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Glen Matteson, 52, of Richmond, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to one count each of receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography, as charged in a federal indictment returned in August 2012. Matteson, a former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years and up to 60 years in federal prison; up to lifetime supervised release; and up to $750,000 in fines when he is sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. on February 8, 2013.
The former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach also faces charges in state court of indecent solicitation of a child brought by the Richmond Police Department.
Matteson’s guilty plea 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).
According to information presented to the court, on February 19, 2012, Richmond Police received a complaint from a local resident that he had found sexually graphic text messages from Matteson on the cell phone of his 15-year-old son, a soccer player on Matteson’s team. With the father’s consent, Richmond Police engaged in a series of text message exchanges with Matteson over four days, assuming the identity of the boy. In the context of the sexually explicit texts, Matteson invited the boy to come with him to a soccer event and offered to pick him up. On February 22, 2012, on the morning of the planned meeting, Matteson was arrested by Richmond Police.
According to information presented to the court, after making certain admissions to Richmond Police to viewing, storing and distributing child pornography images and videos, officers sought and executed a court authorized search warrant on Matteson’s cell phone, two home computers, a digital storage device, and his work computer at the ACI. In addition to discovering numerous text messages and emails containing sexually explicit messages, a forensic search of the equipment resulted in the discovery of 898 images and 73 videos depicting child pornography.
The matter was investigated by Richmond Police, ICE-Homeland Security Investigations and the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
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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