Matthew Laver

Matthew Laver

NORRISTOWN — A 37-year-old Souderton man is in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post bail on multiple charges of disseminating child pornography, possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced. 

During questioning after a search warrant was executed at his home on Oct. 25, Matthew Laver, of the 200 block of East Summit Street, admitted installing file sharing software onto his computer and downloading child pornography from the internet, according to the affidavit of probable cause in the case. He estimated he had more than 100 child pornography files on computer equipment and said he had masturbated to the child pornography, investigators said. 

The announcement of Laver’s arrest was made by Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy and the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the release from Steele’s office said. The affidavit was filed by Abington Township Police Department Detective Rick Beaghley, a Special County Detective investigating Internet crimes against children, the affidavit said. 

In September, the Bucks County ICAC Task Force shared information with the Montgomery County ICAC Task Force about child pornography having been downloaded from a computer at Laver’s home, the release said. 

On July 30 into July 31, investigators using a file-sharing program connected to Laver’s computer and downloaded nine files containing child pornography, the affidavit said. 

All of the files contained video and/or images showing children under 18 engaged in sexual acts and/or poses, the affidavit said.  

Laver was arraigned Oct. 25 before District Judge Albert Augustine in Harleysville, who set bail at $100,000 cash and ordered that Laver have no unsupervised contact with children and no internet usage, the release said.

A scheduled Nov. 5 preliminary hearing before Augustine was waived, court information shows.

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