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Cassville Man Federally Charged with Receiving, Distributing Child Porn

CASSVILLE, Mo. – A Cassville man was charged in federal court on Monday with receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.
CASSVILLE, Mo. – A Cassville man was charged in federal court on Monday with receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

According to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney, Matthew Casas, 25, of Cassville, was arrested after officers executed a search warrant on Feb. 28 and remains in federal custody.

An affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint filed against Casas says a business in Monett contacted the local police department when a customer who rented a smart TV notified them he discovered child pornography stored on the device’s memory.

Law enforcement officers reviewed the images on the set, which were created by a digital camera and appeared to be homemade pictures of an adult male performing sexual acts on a female no older than 12 to 18 months. It did not appear the images had been obtained from the Internet, according to a statement from Dickinson.

Later, in February 2014, officers received several cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a person was posting images of child pornography to online social media accounts.

All of the images depicted children, from infancy to 10 years old, engaged in sexual poses or involved in sexual acts with an adult or each other. Several of the images from the TV were identical, or depicted other sex acts between the infant and adult male, with the images posted online. There were many more images posted online, including numerous images know to be commercially available and actively traded among child pornography collectors and viewers.

Investigators then learned that those images were posted from a computer at Casas’s residence and later executed the search warrant.


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