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Jamestown man arrested on child pornography possession charge

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a Jamestown man charging him with the receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Matthew Bailer, 33, faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison, if convicted.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, a complaint against Bailer was filed July 11 with Jamestown Police by a parent who claims her two underage children may have been sexually abused by Bailer.

The parent said she was told by Bailer's sister that a series of disturbing photographs that were sexual in nature were delivered to a cellphone used by Bailer, prosecutors said.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Bailer was arrested on a warrant from Missouri related to a burglary case. During a search of Bailer's cellphone, investigators recovered several hundred images of child pornography that depicted prepubescent and pubescent children, prosecutors said.

Bailer was arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

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