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WI DOJ Agents Partner With Sparta Police Department in Internet Crimes Against Children Operation - Matthew R. Roberts of Sparta Arrested


SPARTA - On April 30th, 2009, a Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent conducted undercover operations on the Internet. Subsequently, a search warrant was issued for the residence located at 1014 Long Court, Sparta, Monroe County, WI. 


On 11/12/2009, at approximately 2:25 p.m., agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, with assistance from officers of the Sparta Police Department served a search warrant at 1014 Long Court, Sparta, WI. An investigation revealed that Matthew R. Roberts had viewed and received numerous videos of child pornography via his computer. He would delete the some of the videos of pornography after viewing them.  


According to the criminal complaint, Roberts claimed that he deleted most of the child pornography videos, but an on-scene analysis of his computer hard drive revealed several videos of child pornography. Roberts admitted to viewing internet pornography, including child pornography for approximately the past 8 years. He estimated that he viewed child pornography videos about 2-3 times per week. According to the complaint, Roberts stated that he knew it was illegal to possess child pornography.  


Roberts obtain the child pornography via a peer-to-peer software file sharing client reported to be Frostwire. He had downloaded, or partially downloaded child pornography videos within this past week.  Roberts estimated that he downloaded approximately 12 child pornographic videos during this week. Roberts estimated that his computer hard drive may contain approximately "two dozen" videos that are "questionable".  


Roberts was arrested at the scene and transported to the Monroe County Jail pending formal charging by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. Roberts was arrested for six counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  


Roberts was placed under arrest and was transported to the Monroe County Jail for processing.  


Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. 

A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.


Roberts was arrested and charged with six counts of  Possession of Child Pornography.

A copy of the criminal complaint is available:


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