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Oklahoma City man arrested, accused of possessing child pornography

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Matthew Karl Hirsch
Matthew Karl Hirsch

A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police said he was in possession of thousands of files containing child pornography.

The investigation into Matthew Karl Hirsch began in October during an operation on the sharing of child pornography over the internet. An investigator reported a computer used to share the pornography was located on the eMule peer-to-peer file sharing application, according to a police report.

The investigator reported connecting to the computer and downloading a single file that “contained multiple photographs” which were later confirmed to contain child pornography.

Master Sgt. Gary Knight, spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said investigators obtained the IP address of the computer and later determined it was in use by Hirsch. A search warrant was granted earlier this year and investigators seized several devices belonging to Hirsch, Knight said.

On January 19, investigators served the search warrant at a home in the 6100 block of N Villa Avenue, where they seized a computer Hirsch said was his and that nobody else had access to, according to a court affidavit.

Also seized was an external hard drive that contained more than 1.3 million images and videos, including more than 3,000 graphic sexual images which investigators deemed child abuse. Investigators also seized nearly 200 CDs and DVDs, which investigators said contained thousands of images and more than 100 videos of child pornography.

An arrest warrant was issued and Hirsch was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon.

He was arrested on complaints of distributing child pornography and aggravated possession of child pornography. He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, online jail records show.

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