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Boise Man Arrested Federally for Producing Child Pornography

February 17, 2012

BOISE – Ryan Leslie Matthews, 39, of Boise, Idaho, made his first appearance in federal court this morning, following his arrest for sexual exploitation of children/production of sexually explicit images of a minor. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that Matthews appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale and waived a preliminary hearing. No further court dates are scheduled.

The complaint alleges that during 2006 or 2007, Matthews knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced a female minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, using materials that had been mailed, shipped or transported in interstate and foreign commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a).

According to an unsealed complaint filed in United States District Court in Boise on February 16, 2012, Boise Police investigators, who are members of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, developed information in August 2011 that someone living in an apartment on West Targee Street had received child pornography via the Internet. The investigation identified Matthews as the sole occupant of the apartment. A search on December 1, 2011, resulted in the seizure of a computer and more than 200 optical discs and hundreds of printed photographs containing child pornography. One of the discs allegedly contained a video of Matthews engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a three-year-old female.

The charge of sexual exploitation of children/production of sexually explicit images of a minor carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a minimum of five years up to lifetime supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Boise Police Department and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

A complaint is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.