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Conover Man Sentenced To 6.5 Years On Child Porn Charges
Darren Eugene Matthews
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Conover Man Sentenced to 6.5 Years on Child Porn Charges

46-year-old Darren Eugene Matthews of Conover was sentenced on Thursday (December 17) to 78 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in August 2020 to receiving child pornography.

In November 2019, a Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Detective received information that Matthews was using the internet to email child pornography. Some of the images depicted children being sexually abused. On November 22, 2019, a search warrant was executed at Matthews’ residence. The search led to the seizure of numerous electronic devices. A forensic examination revealed that Matthews possessed more than 1,300 files of child pornography.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation. U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray commended the investigative work of the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfredo De La Rosa prosecuted the case.

The case was investigated and prosecuted as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Learn more at projectsafechildhood.gov.