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Louisville Man Detained Pending Charges Of Advertising, Receipt And Transportation Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Defendant is a former high school teacher who was employed by Kentucky Country Day of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville man formerly employed by Kentucky Country Day of Louisville as a high school physical education teacher and assistant coach with the school’s athletics department was detained today pending trial for violating child exploitation laws, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Matthew Graves, age 38, is charged in an indictment with Advertising, Transportation, and Receipt of child pornography.  These charges stem from his use of the social media messaging application KIK.    

Matthew Graves was arrested by federal authorities on March 21, 2016, and arraigned on March 24, 2016.  Defendant is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A Detention hearing was held today before Magistrate Judge Lindsay.  No trial date has been set. 

If convicted at trial, defendant faces a mandatory prison term of fifteen years and a maximum of 100 years.  He also faces a period of supervised release of between 5 years and life.  

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Spencer McKiness and is being investigated by the FBI and LMPD.


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 and click on the tab "resources."


The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty

Updated March 31, 2016

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