Williamsburg man pleads guilty to child porn charges

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) -- A Williamsburg man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to child pornography charges.

25-year-old Edward Joseph Matish, was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 8 on charges of accessing with the intent to view child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

In the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Matish was a member of Playpen, a hidden website used to share child pornography, from August 2014 to March 2015. Matish reportedly logged into Playpen and viewed child pornography from October 2014 to March 2015.

According to the Department of Justice, in December 2014, Matish wrote on the site that he he used it to control his attraction to young girls, encouraging others like him to “leave the touching to the brave souls willing to risk everything for our relief.”

Matish faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on Jan. 30, 2017.


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