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Edenton Man Sentenced to More Than 8 Years for Child Pornography

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – An Edenton man was sentenced today to 102 months in prison followed by 120 months of supervised release for receiving child pornography after his devices were found to contain over 3,000 images of child pornography, including images and videos of infants, toddlers and very young children. The defendant was also ordered to pay $107,000 in restitution to 16 known victims.

“The United States Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations have built a wonderful relationship with Chowan Sheriff’s Office and the Edenton Police Department which has allowed our community and citizens to feel safe in our bedroom community and for that I say thank you,” said Edenton Police Chief Henry King.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Matterson Xavier Rusyn, 61, was investigated by the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office after Microsoft reported one of its users uploaded an image of child pornography into a reverse Bing image search to find similar images.  Microsoft made the report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who forwarded the report to the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office who learned the IP address used to upload the images were connected to Rusyn.

A search warrant was executed at Rusyn’s residence.  Rusyn was present for the search warrant and admitted he was collecting child pornography images and videos.  Multiple digital devices including cell phone, computers and hard drives were seized.  Those devices were forensically analyzed and found to contain over 3,000 images of child pornography.  Rusyn’s collection of images and videos included infants, toddlers, and very young children as well as images depicting sadistic and masochistic conduct. 

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing was concluded.  U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III presided over the sentencing.  The Chowan County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:23-CR-16-D.


Updated June 13, 2024

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