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Detroit Man Sentenced To 45 Years in Prison For Sexually Exploiting a Child

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT – A Detroit man was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a child and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Cheyvoryea Gibson, FBI Special Agent in Charge of Detroit.

Matthew Borodich, 37 of Detroit was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Linda V. Parker.

In late summer 2023, a Winnebago (Wisconsin) County Sheriff’s Department officer working covertly online discovered that a user, later identified as Borodich, had shared multiple pornographic images and videos of a 7-year-old victim to an online public chat group. Law enforcement traced Borodich to Detroit, and the FBI executed a search warrant at Borodich’s residence the very next day. Over the course of two interviews, Borodich admitted to sexually abusing his victim to create child sexually abusive material and other instances of abuse. The FBI also analyzed Borodich’s cell phone and found the material he had shared online of his victim, as well as hundreds of other images and videos of child pornography, including more than 11 hours of footage. 

“Through swift inter-agency coordination and the commitment of our law enforcement partners, we ended a dangerous sexual predator’s abuse of this vulnerable victim. This sentence justly punishes the defendant for preying on a child of such a young age, and should serve as warning to others who also engage in this type of egregious conduct.” U.S. Attorney Ison said.

"Thanks to the unwavering efforts of our partners at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and our office, Mr. Borodich can no longer prey on children through online methods," said Cheyvoryea Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. "We have zero tolerance for the exploitation of the innocent and will persist in working together with our law enforcement partners to apprehend these criminals who believe they can prey on our youth and get away with it."

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Rawsthorne, Tara Hindelang, and Sean L. King.

Updated May 28, 2024

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