The following update is distributed today by the US Attorney's office.
ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
CONTACT: PAMELA BEARG Public Information Officer JAMES M. PETERS Assistant United States Attorney (208) 334-1211
BOISE – Ryan Leslie Matthews, 39, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 210 months in prison for producing sexually explicit images of a minor, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Matthews to serve lifetime supervised release after his prison term and pay $10,700 in restitution to the victims. Matthews will also be required to forfeit several hundred photos, 138 CDs/DVDs, tape cassettes, two computers, disc and hard drives, and various catalogs. Matthews pled guilty to the charge on June 18, 2012.
According to the plea agreement, Boise Police investigators, who are members of the federally funded Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), developed information in August 2011 that someone living in an apartment on West Targee Street in Boise had been receiving child pornography via the internet. The investigation identified Matthews as the sole occupant of the apartment.
Investigators searched the apartment on December 1, 2011, and found a computer that contained searches for files titled “Child Molestation: The six steps to grooming” and “How to molest a child,” that had been conducted on November 6, 2011– three weeks earlier. According to the plea agreement, when asked by investigators, Matthews admitted he had done the searches and when asked why, he replied that he was “curious.” However, Matthews denied having ever touched a child and stated that he would never hurt a child.
Investigators located more than 200 optical discs that contained pornography, including thousands of images and videos of child pornography that had been downloaded from the internet. Also discovered were more than 500 printed photos depicting mostly prepubescent minors being sexually abused. Detectives reviewing the optical discs discovered video of Matthews sexually abusing a three-year-old female.
On December 8, 2011, Matthews underwent a polygraph examination at the Boise Police Department, where he was questioned about whether he had been truthful in his denial of having sexually touched/abused a child. After completing the polygraph, Matthews admitted to two separate incidents in which he had sexually touched minor children. He claimed the first incident occurred in 2000, in Boise, when he was babysitting the daughter of a friend; the second more recently when he was babysitting two female children. Matthews said he had given them a bath and had “touched the three-year-old child's vagina.”
Boise Police detectives were able to identify both children. They learned that the abuse Matthews videotaped had occurred in 2006 or 2007, while he was babysitting the three-year-old girl and her sister.
“This defendant’s nearly 18 year sentence in federal prison ensures that he is no longer a threat to innocent children,” said Olson. “His conduct causes unimaginable harm to the children he molested, and the images of that conduct repeat the victimization time and again. Children are our society’s most precious resource. Idaho’s law enforcement agencies at all levels will continue to work together to aggressively investigate and prosecute those who would sexually exploit our children.”
The case was investigated by the Boise Police Department and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”