Altoona man charged with possessing child porn after raid

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — An Altoona man is facing multiple felony child pornography charges after the Office of Attorney General raided his home Thursday morning.

Joshua R. Matt, 34, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones who set his bail at $75,000 cash. Matt is charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

The Attorney General executed a search warrant at Matt’s residence along Burgoon Road just off of 6th Ave after an investigation that took several months. Upon arrival, police were made aware that Matt was not in the residence and that he was at work. State police went to Matt’s place of employment and brought him in for questioning, according to the charges filed.

During his interview with the police, Matt stated that he was originally using the online platform, Discord, for gaming purposes until he started to upload child pornography to it. Matt was given a website link to child pornography from Discord users and then he began sending the link to other users as well.

Matt also informed the police of a USB drive that he kept in his bedroom that contained pornographic files.

Police found at least 40 files of child pornography on Matt’s tablet at his residence, 30 of those files depicted indecent contact. On the USB drive found in his bedroom, at least 100 images of child pornography were located, 19 of those showed indecent contact, according to police

Matt has opted for a public defender and is being transported to Blair County Prison where he will reside until Aug. 25.

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