Man Arrested for Distributing Child Pornography

By: LCSO Release, Julie Montanaro Email
By: LCSO Release, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 10.17.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Court records show that Matthew Barousse entered a no contest plea to child porn charges and was sentenced to five years in prison for it.

He will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
UPDATED 11.16.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is under arrest. He's accused of both possessing and distributing child pornography.

37 year old Matthew Barousse faces 27 felony charges. Investigators with Leon County's Internet Crimes against Children Unit say they have been tracking his on line activities for the past two months.

Deputies showed up at his home on Rivers Landing Court Monday. They say they screened all the computers in the home and found images of pubescent and pre-pubsecent children on Barousse's computer.

Two roomates were cleared of any involvement.

When we stopped by Barousse's home, one of his roomates told us he didn't know anything about Barousse's on line crimes until deputies knocked on the door.

He says if Barousse posts bond, he won't be welcome to live there anymore.

Court records show Barousse's bond is set at $100,000 dollars.

Tallahassee, Florida --

Members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Matthew Barousse, 37 for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography following a two month long investigation. Agents from U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) served a search warrant at 6303 Rivers Landing Court on Tuesday November 15, 2010. Detectives and agents seized computer equipment containing images and videos of pre-pubescent and pubescent children.

Task force members also established contact with two other people living in the same residence, but were able to quickly rule them out as having had any involvement in this investigation. Barousse was
interviewed, arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail. Additional forensic examinations of the computer equipment may result in additional charges in this case.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “We have a great working relationship with our local, state and federal partners and we are going to continue to aggressively investigate these types of cases.”

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