Thursday, July 23, 2009

Matthew Sizemore Arrested for Child Porn

A Carroll County grand jury has indicted an East Wakefield man on 10 counts of felony possession of child pornography.

Matthew D. Sizemore, 52, of 104 Burley Park Drive, who remains free on $25,000 cash bail, faces arraignment on the charges on July 29 at 8:45 a.m. in the Southern Carroll County Superior Court. If found guilty on the charges, Sizemore could face a 100 year prison sentence.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt, but rather a finding of a grand jury enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

Each count, a Class A felony, is punishable by jail term of seven and one half to 15 years. Sizemore was charged following an investigation conducted by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Wakefield Police Department.

Copies of the indictments, made available to the press last week, provide a brief description of the sexual acts depicted on the videotapes that are too graphic to print here for the general readership, but the images depict children involved in sexual acts.

Sizemore is an electrical contractor who police say lives alone at the home and to their knowledge has no regular contact with children.

He was first arrested on June 5, when members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which included Lt. David Meyer of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, executed a search warrant and seized computers at the home. Additionally, Sizemore was charged with manufacturing and possession of illegal drugs (marijuana) when police allegedly found plants growing outside. Sizemore was subsequently charged on June 9 with possession of child pornography.

While State Police prosecutors had asked for a $50,000 bail at the initial arraignment in district court, the judge combined the bail and Sizemore has been free on $25,000 cash bail.

At the time of the arrest, law enforcement officials working the case expressed shock at the content of the nine videotapes and one photograph depicting "hundreds" of sexual acts involving underage children.

Sizemore was released with additional conditions that include he have no internet access, no contact with persons under 16 years of age, refrain from possession of firearms, dangerous weapons or ammunition and refrain from use of alcohol or drugs. The judge also required Sizemore to sign a waiver of extradition.

The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is made up of several Law Enforcement agencies around the State of New Hampshire that came together in the late 1990's to combat the rise of crimes against children that involve computers and other digital devices. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has been involved with the task force since 1999.

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