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Federal grand jury indicts Port Townsend, Washington man for production of images of child sexual abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Defendant has been in custody since arrest in October 2023

Tacoma – A 32-year-old Port Townsend, Washington, man was indicted yesterday for production of images of child sexual abuse, announced U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Matan Liyor Goodman is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Tacoma next week.

According to records filed in the case, the investigation began with a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a user of Kik Messenger had uploaded suspected images of child sexual abuse. Review of the computer records indicated the person uploading the images resided in Western Washington and the information was forwarded to the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force at the Seattle Police Department.

An agent with Homeland Security Investigations connected the computer information with Goodman at an address in Port Townsend. Further investigation revealed that Goodman is a registered sex offender due to convictions in California.

Law enforcement obtained a judicially approved search warrant to search Goodman’s home and person, including any electronic devices belonging to him.

Following the search in October 2023, Goodman was taken into federal custody.

The charge contained in the indictment is an allegation. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The mandatory minimum for the offense of Production of Child Pornography is 15 years. Due to his prior convictions, Goodman potentially faces a mandatory minimum 25 years in prison if convicted.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Victoria Cantore and Matthew Hampton.

Contact

Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.

Updated January 18, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Childhood