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Vandalia Man Sentenced To 60 Months Imprisonment For Distributing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Bradley L. Matthews, 40, of Vandalia, Illinois, was sentenced on May 4,
2022, to 60 months imprisonment for distributing child pornography.

According to the stipulation of facts agreed to by the parties, Matthews came to the attention of 
law  enforcement  in  February  2019  during  an  FBI  undercover  internet  investigation  of  
child pornography.  During  the  investigation,  an  undercover  officer  engaged  in  a  
conversation  with Matthews during which he sent the undercover officer three videos depicting 
child pornography.

In an interview with law enforcement on September 5, 2019, Matthews admitted distributing child 
pornography. When shown the printout of the conversation with the undercover officer that took 
place on February 5, 2019, Matthews identified himself as the person in the profile picture and 
admitted that he was the person who had engaged in the conversation with the undercover officer and 
distributed the child pornography videos.

In  addition  to  the  60-month  term  of  imprisonment,  Matthews  will  serve  a  ten-year  term  
of supervised release, fined $200, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

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   For   more   information   about   internet   safety   
education,   please   visit and click on the tab “resources.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Springfield Field Office.
Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott prosecuted the case.

Updated May 6, 2022

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