In an effort to assist those individuals who have been affected by this case, this webpage has been developed to provide court and case related information. This does not replace written notification to those identified as victims of the charged offenses (which currently include distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography), it simply provides an additional resource from which to obtain information.
Please note that all court hearings will take place in United States District Court, 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226. Please refer to the individual posting for judge assignment and courtroom number. If you plan on attending any of the court proceedings, photo identification is required. Cell phones, electronic devices and weapons of any kind, are not permitted. Please pardon our appearance, the courthouse is currently undergoing renovations.
10/11/2019 - On October 8, 2019 a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Mathew D. Thomas with two counts of production of child pornography, one count of transportation of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. With the return of the indictment, the preliminary exam is no longer necessary and has been cancelled. Please note that the indictment is only an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defendant Thomas was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub on October 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. At that hearing, the defendant received a copy of the charges, a plea of "not guilty" was entered by the Court on his behalf, and detention was continued. The next step in the criminal justice process will be the scheduling of a trial date. The assigned United States District Court Judge, the Honorable Avern Cohn, will schedule this date. Updates, to include scheduled court hearings, will be posted to this website as soon as they become available.
For a copy of the Indictment, please click HERE.
10/7/2019 – Matthew D. Thomas consented to detention, reserving his right to raise the issue of bond at a later date if he desires. The defendant will remain in jail under the custody of the US Marshal Service. A Preliminary Exam was scheduled by the court to take place on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Preliminary Exams are rarely held in federal court. For this reason, it is recommended that you contact Sandy Palazzolo, Victim Witness Coordinator (313-226-9633) or Sherri Holloway, Victim Witness Specialist (313-226-9753) to confirm the date and time.
Updates to court hearings along with other case related information will be posted to this webpage as information becomes available.
10/4/19 - Matthew David Thomas was arrested and charged with production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Steven R. Whalen and was given a bond. The government requested a stay of the defendant’s release and has appealed this decision to District Court Judge Stephen J. Murphy, seeking to have the defendant detained during the pendency of this case. A detention hearing is currently scheduled for Monday, October 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Murphy, in U.S. District Court, 231 W. Lafayette, Courtroom 228, Detroit, MI 48226. Thomas will remain detained until Judge Murphy holds the detention hearing on Monday.
While charges have been filed against this defendant, this matter continues to be investigated. Victims identified during the initial investigation have been contacted by the FBI and/or Victim Services for the United States Attorney’s Office. The FBI is in the process of reviewing Thomas’ electronic devices. Should further victims be identified, personal notification will be made by FBI Special Agents assigned to this case.
Parents of children who attended Lenawee Christian School who would like additional information, should call Nicole McGee at 313-426-3879 or contact the FBI by email at email@example.com or the U.S. Attorney’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents, please identify your name and contact information in your request. A response to your inquiry, via telephone call and/or e-mail will be returned to you as quickly as possible.
Please check this webpage for additional updates on future court dates in this case.