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Maiden Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation (Updated With Additional Information, 1:32 P.m., 1/10/22)
Gavin Zachary Matthews
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Maiden Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation (Updated with additional information, 1:32 p.m., 1/10/22)

20-year-old Gavin Zachary Matthews of Union Street in Maiden was arrested Friday (January 7) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with five felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Maiden Police officers received information that Matthews was suspected of involvement
in the possession of child pornography. As a result, the department launched an investigation into the allegations.

On Friday, Maiden Police Officers, with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, arrested Matthews.

The Maiden Police Department is continuing the investigation and additional charges are possible. Matthews was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond, he remained in jail as of this afternoon (January 10). Matthews made his first appearance in District Court today, his next court date is January 31.