Multi-state child pornography indictment for Louisville man

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Louisville man has been indicted and arraigned after a multi-state child pornography investigation.

43-year-old Gregory Mathis was arrested on July 7 by Cybercrime investigators after a search warrant was executed at his home in Louisville.  After forensic examination of Mathis’ electronic equipment, additional charges were added.  On Monday, Mathis was arraigned in Jefferson Circuit Court on the following charges:

  • Four counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor under 16 years old, Class B felonies with a penalty range of 10-20 years;
  • Three counts of criminal attempt to promote a sexual performance by a minor under 16 years old, Class C felonies with a penalty range of 5-10 years;
  • Three counts of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor for a sex offense, Class D felonies with a penalty range of 1-5 years;
  • 26 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, Class D felonies with a penalty range of 1-5 years;

Each of these charges stem from alleged chat conversations Mr. Mathis had with young girls whom he met online.  Detectives say Mathis would solicit photos from girls and would direct them in producing images and videos.  According to investigators, Mathis created a fake Facebook account he used to solicit underage girls for nude photos and videos.  They also say Mathis would chat with young girls in chat rooms using the Kik Messenger app on his mobile phone.

Investigators in the Cybercrimes unit have identified seven girls, ranging from age 10 to 15, who had contact with Mathis.  With the assistance of the Stillwater, Oklahoma police; the Orem, Utah police; the New York State Police; the Rochester, New York police; the White Plains, New York police; the Corning, New York police, and the Virginia State police the young victims and their guardians were contacted and were identified in photos and videos.

The investigation is ongoing in an attempt to identify additional victims.

Mathis was arraigned on Monday and scheduled to reappear in Jefferson Circuit Court on the morning of October 15 for a bond hearing.

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