23-year-old Victoria man arrested on federal child porn charges

Arrest follows joint investigation with The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force

VICTORIA, Texas- A 23-year-old Victoria man, Matthew Kasper, was arrested on federal child pornography charges following a joint investigation by the Victoria Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)- Victoria Division.

Earlier this year, Victoria Police Department (VPD) investigators received information that initiated an investigation into Kasper, for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.

“The [VPD] Digital Forensic Unit assisted with the investigation, but they then gave that to Homeland Security, who is now seeking prosecution on this case,” shared Lauren Meaux, PIO, Victoria Police Department. 

A statement from Deputy US Marshal, Max Hernandez, explains that “After a thorough investigation, VPD investigators along with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – Victoria Division, obtained a federal arrest warrant charging Kasper with one count of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Distribution of Child Pornography.”

“Because of the amount of images and videos that they found during their investigation they reached out to Homeland Security to take the prosecution federal because of the amount. Then an arrest warrant was obtained and then we got involved in locating and apprehending Mr. Kasper,” said Hernandez.

On June 26th, 2020, the US Marshals and HSI located and arrested Kasper as he left a residence in the 400 block of Charleston Drive in Victoria, Texas. Due to a lack of space for federal inmates at the Victoria County jail, Kasper was then booked into the DeWitt County Jail pending his court proceedings.

A mugshot of Kasper is not available at this time. He does not have a previous criminal record.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Victoria Police Department, Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General.

The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led district task forces arrested 86,703 state and local fugitives in FY 2019, clearing approximately 101,624 federal, state and local felony warrants.

Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

 

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