Former Cop Admits To Accumulating Massive Child Porn Collection That Included Footage of Infants Being Raped

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PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Matthew Laver, age 38, of Souderton, in Montgomery County, PA, entered a plea of guilty before United States District Judge Michael Baylson to multiple counts of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.

The defendant was indicted in March 2019 after an investigation into the defendant’s collection of almost 4,000 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children that he downloaded and distributed to other users on the internet over approximately ten years. The investigation revealed that Laver trafficked in child pornography that depicted children as young as infants being sexually assaulted and raped, and that he did so during the time that he was employed as a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officer.

“The harm caused by child exploitation is devastating and long-lasting, which is why we prosecute these cases aggressively,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams. “In this case, the conduct was particularly egregious because the defendant was a member of a law enforcement organization charged with enforcing the law. We stand ready with our federal and local partners to identify and prosecute all those who would prey upon minor children.”

“Law enforcement officers take an oath to serve and protect, thus our conduct must be beyond reproach ,” said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “Homeland Security Investigations special agents worked closely with our law enforcement partners to further prevent this perpetrator from victimizing children by distributing images of sexual assault.”

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