Wednesday, 07 08, 2015
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced the arrest and arraignment of two Louisville men for possessing child pornography. Michael A. Browning, 35, and Gregory Mathis, 43, were arrested yesterday by Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrime investigators, after search warrants were executed at their residences in Louisville. The charges are the results of unrelated investigations that began in June of 2015. Investigators with the Cybercrimes Unit, along with officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department, executed search warrants at both Browning and Mathis’ homes looking for computers and other equipment used to communicate with children, and distribute images and videos of exploited children. Electronic devices were seized at each home and Cybercrimes forensic examiners will perform forensic analysis on those seized electronic devices.
Mathis is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and one count of use of an electronic system to procure a minor. It is alleged that Mathis created a fake Facebook account and then posed as a 15-year old boy to illicit explicit photos from girls under the age of 18. These crimes are Class D felonies and each punishable by one to five years in prison. Mathis remains in custody at the Louisville Metro Detention Center with a $25,000 cash bond. He has been ordered to have no contact with minor children. Mathis is scheduled to appear in Jefferson District Court on July 20 for a preliminary hearing.
Browning is charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Detectives from the Louisville Police Crimes Against Children’s Unit assisted in this case. The charge is a Class D felony and punishable by one to five years in prison. Browning remains in custody at the Louisville Metro Detention Center with a $5,000 cash bond. He has been ordered to have no contact with minor children. Browning is scheduled to appear in Jefferson District Court on July 20 for a preliminary hearing.
“I appreciate the hard work of my Cybercrimes Unit in protecting our children in the Commonwealth,” General Conway said. “These laws are in place to protect the citizens of Kentucky and to ensure the innocence of childhood is protected from online predators.”
Both defendants were arraigned this morning and are scheduled to reappear in Jefferson District Court on the morning of July 20 for preliminary hearings. These cases are currently being prosecuted by the Office of Jefferson County Attorney, Mike O’Connell.
For a photo of Michael Browning, please visit: https://goo.gl/i5kvOs
For a photo of Gregory Mathis, please visit: https://goo.gl/u1YDJm
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit
Since its creation in June 2008, Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched more than 450 child pornography investigations and seized nearly 700,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.