Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brian Mattes - Repeat Sex Offender - Gets 20 years

An Auburn man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 20 years in prison for downloading child pornography from the Internet.

U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby sentenced Brian Mattes to 220 months behind bars. Mattes, 33, pleaded guilty last year to receiving and possessing child pornography over the Internet. The sentence was lengthy because Mattes had a previous federal conviction of possessing child pornography in Missouri in 2002, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher said. He was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on that conviction.

The Cayuga County sheriff’s department charged Mattes last May with a violation as a registered sex offender, according to court papers. He was living in Auburn without having updated his address with the registry, court papers said. When sheriff’s Detective Frederick Cornelius interviewed Mattes in the home, he noticed several computers in the livingroom, Cornelius wrote in court papers. Mattes’ girlfriend said he was often on the Internet at all hours, the papers said.

Mattes initially denied to Cornelius that he had child pornography. Deputies obtained a search warrant and found 77 videos and 217 photographs of children performing sex acts and in sexually explicit positions, court papers said.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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