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Wichita man admits having 1 million child porn images

February 1, 2012

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— A Wichita man admits that he collected more than a million images of child pornography.

In a plea deal Tuesday, 47-year-old Matthew Alter pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors said police began investigating Alter after police in Italy notified them that a computer user in Kansas was accessing a child porn website.

Investigators followed an electronic trail to Alter's home in Wichita, where they found more than one million images of pornography involving children from 1 to 12 years old. Prosecutors say Alter collected child pornography for 11 years.

The Wichita Eagle reports that sentencing is set for April 16. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Comments

Ragingbear 3 years, 7 months ago

There are a few issues I have here. First of all, Italy told Kansas about the child porn. Why hasn't Italy taken the site down? Also, I know of no site anywhere where you can get 1 million pictures of anything. How did this guy amass such a massive stockpile without being noticed before now? What, is it a prize or something "You have downloaded 1 million nasty pictures! You win a free oven mitt! Or jail, whatever.".

And only 1 count of possessing child porn? I would nail him with 1 million counts. He did have 1 million pictures after all.

Then I would toss him in a wood chipper, but that's just me. Maybe he will reform when his probation is up. Or escalate.

Sean Livingstone 3 years, 7 months ago

Ragingbear, some child porn websites are used to lure potential criminals into there.... like it or not... a bait.

Ragingbear 3 years, 7 months ago

First of all, charging people because they went to a site owned by law enforcement is called entrapment. Where did they get the pictures? How can they prove that the pictures came from there? If they are unique pictures, then the police are distributing child pornography.

You also failed to answer my other questions.

Bob Forer 3 years, 7 months ago

Not necessarily entrapment. Two prong test:

1) Plan initiated by police (easy to establish) 2) The crime was not initially contemplated by the target (harder for defendant to prove)

tecuani 3 years, 7 months ago

It is possible that the operators of the website were arrested and a forensic investigation of the webserver logs revealed a connection from an IP address in Kansas.

Also, he would have gone to more than one site probably.

Beth Bird 3 years, 7 months ago

Oven 1 million images and only charged with 1 count? How is that possible??

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years, 7 months ago

One charge for each child pictured. Probably some duplicates -- I'd be okay to play it safe and give him 250,000 charges.

gsxr600 3 years, 7 months ago

That's about 250 images a day.... Wow

Bob Forer 3 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like the guy was too busy looking at pictures to go after an actual child.

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