A proactive undercover online investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force resulted in the arrest of Michael B. Matthews Nov. 19 on child pornography charges.


A proactive undercover online investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force resulted in the arrest of a Wesley College student Nov. 19 on child pornography charges.

That morning, state troopers with the task force and officers with the Dover Police Department executed a search warrant at the apartment of Michael B. Matthews in the 1300 block of South Farmview Drive, in the Woodmill housing development, according to Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller.

Officers seized a laptop computer and other digital media, which allegedly contained numerous files of child pornography, as well as a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Miller said.

According to Miller, Matthews was taken to the Dover Police Department where he was charged with 29 counts of using a computer to unlawfully depict a child engaging in a prohibited sex act and possession of marijuana.

Following his arrest, Matthews was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of a $290,200 secured bond.