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Marion County Man Pleads Guilty To Production Of Child Sex Abuse Material

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Matthew Allen Gahan (24, Summerfield) has pleaded guilty to one count of producing child sex abuse material and one count of possessing child sex abuse material. Gahan faces a minimum mandatory term of 15 years, up to 40 years, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court records, on May 13 and continuing through May 25, 2023, Gahan spoke with a minor outside of the United States. Gahan coerced the minor to participate in video calls in which the minor engaged in sexual activity at Gahan’s direction. Gahan recorded these calls without the minor’s knowledge. On September 13, 2023, the FBI searched Gahan’s home pursuant to a federal search warrant and found multiple videos and images portraying the sexual abuse of young boys. Gahan also used the dark web to distribute and receive child sex abuse material.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

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 Attorney’s 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.justice.gov/psc.

 

Updated February 28, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Childhood