Local man faces child porn charge

An anonymous tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a southeast Columbus resident for possession of child pornography.

Matthew M. Jones, 24, 604 Fairview Court, was arrested Thursday on one count of possession of child pornography as a Level 6 felony, Indiana State Police said.

No other arrests are expected at this time, said ISP spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Jones, who works for a local manufacturer, was at home when his house in the Wehmeier Addition was searched, Wheeles said. Detectives who serve on the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in serving the search warrant.

Detectives from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department also participated in the search.

After electronic equipment in the home was examined, Jones was taken into custody and booked into the Bartholomew County Jail shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, jail records show.

All information about the tip that led investigators to Jones is being kept strictly confidential, Wheeles said.

At this time, there’s no evidence to suggest that children in Bartholomew County were being exploited by Jones for monetary gain, Wheeles said.

“He has just been charged with possession at this time and is not facing any charges related to distributing (child pornography),” he said.

As of Friday afternoon, Jones remained in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $7,500 surety or $750 cash bond.

On the Web

Tips on missing and exploited children can be made by visiting missingkids.com and clicking on Make A Cybertipline Report.  

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.