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Division of Drug and Crime Control- P.O. Box 568, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

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For further information please contact: Sergeant Shawn Griggs
March 22, 2019

EMPHASIS: Independence, Missouri, Man Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Matthew R. Pohlman, 44, of Independence, Missouri, on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by Independence Police Department.
On Thursday, investigators executed a search warrant at Pohlman’s residence located on East 51st Street South, in Independence. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. Pohlman was arrested and transported to the Independence Police Department Jail. The Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Pohlman with three counts of possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $25,000.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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