2001-12-21: Child Porn Allegedly Traced To Raceland Man
Child Porn Allegedly Traced To Raceland Man
Police Find Lists Of Local Children's Names
POSTED: 2:36 p.m. CST December 21, 2001
UPDATED: 5:46 p.m. CST December 21, 2001
NEW ORLEANS -- A Raceland man was booked Thursday after an online order of child pornography allegedly was traced to his residence.
Detectives at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office were contacted by an Internet service in California, which told them that the suspect, Matthew Sanders, 22, had ordered 23 photos of child pornography.
A subsequent search of Sanders' home turned up explicit photographs, magazines and videotapes of adults engaged in sex acts with children, police said. Some of the photos were labled "10Y," leading police to believe that the child depicted was 10 years old.
Also allegedly found in Sanders' home were receipts from Lafourche and Terrebonne parish Blockbuster Video stores, where Sanders was employed. Some of the receipts had handwritten notes describing customers and their children, police said.
Police said Sanders also kept lists of the addresses of local elementary schools and names of female students, along with a collection of newspaper and tabloid articles about the death of JonBenet Ramsey.
So far, there is no evidence that Sanders had any personal contact with local children, Sheriff Craig Webre said.
Due to the volume of material seized, the investigation will take some time to complete, Webre said.
Sanders remains jailed in the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 bond.