Home of Sierra Madre porn smuggler searched

SIERRA MADRE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers served a search warrant Monday night at the home of a Sierra Madre man recently sentenced for smuggling child pornography into Canada.
Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said ICE served the warrant shortly after 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Liliano Drive.
Ortiz said the search is related to the case of Robert Matheson. He didn’t know if ICE officers took anything from the house and referred the paper to the federal agency.
ICE officers who served the warrant couldn’t be reached for comment late Monday night.
According to published reports, the 66-year-old Matheson pleaded guilty Dec. 13 to possession of child pornography and smuggling child pornography across an international boarder. A Canadian court sentenced him to 120 days in jail.
On Oct. 17, his laptop was searched at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. About 2,500 photographs and 280 video clips of teenage boys either standing naked or engaged in sex acts with other boys were found.
- Ruby Gonzales

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