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Boise Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2012

Thousands of Images Found by Investigators

BOISE – Ryan Leslie Matthews, 39, of Boise, Idaho, pled guilty today in United States District Court to producing sexually explicit images of a minor, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, Boise Police investigators, who are members of the federally funded Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, developed information in August 2011 that someone living in an apartment on West Targee Street in Boise had been receiving child pornography via the internet. The investigation identified Matthews as the sole occupant of the apartment.

Investigators searched the apartment on December 1, 2011, and found a computer that contained searches for files titled “Child Molestation: The six steps to grooming” and “How to molest a child,” that had been conducted on November 6, 2011– three weeks earlier. According to the plea agreement, when asked by investigators, Matthews admitted he had done the searches and when asked why, he replied that he was “curious.” However, Matthews denied having ever touched a child and stated that he would never hurt a child.

Investigators located more than 200 optical discs that contained pornography, including thousands of images and videos of child pornography that had been downloaded from the internet. Also discovered were more than 500 printed photos depicting mostly prepubescent minors being sexually abused. Detectives reviewing the optical discs discovered video of Matthews sexually abusing a three-year-old female.

On December 8, 2011, Matthews underwent a polygraph examination at the Boise Police Department, where he was questioned about whether he had been truthful in his denial of having sexually touched/abused a child. After completing the polygraph, Matthews admitted to two separate incidents in which he had sexually touched minor children. He claimed the first incident occurred in 2000, in Boise, when he was babysitting the daughter of a friend; the second more recently when he was babysitting two female children. Matthews said he had given them a bath and had “touched the three-year-old child's vagina.”

Boise Police detectives were able to identify both children. They learned that the abuse Matthews videotaped had occurred in 2006 or 2007, while he was babysitting the three-year-old girl and her sister.

The charge of sexual exploitation of children/production of sexually explicit images of a minor carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, up to 30 years, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a minimum of five years up to lifetime supervised release.

Sentencing is set for August 30, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

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).

This case was 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.”