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Green Bay Public School District employee charged with possession of child pornography

Matthew Vanboesschoten (Photo courtesy Door Co. Sheriff's Office)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- An employee of the Green Bay Public School District is accused of downloading and viewing child pornography at his Brussels home.

58-year-old Matthew Vanboesschoten, a computer technician for the school district, is charged with possession of child pornography.

Authorities in Door County say they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on June 5, 2017 regarding an inappropriate image of a girl between 5 to 7 years old.

With an IP address and other internet account information, investigators were able to identify Vanboesschoten and conducted a search warrant at his home on June 16.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators seized several electronic devices, including a laptop that was once owned by the school district but now owned by Vanboesschoten for personal, home use.

Vanboesschoten admitted to investigators for the past 5 to 6 months he had been using the file sharing website, Chatstep and has viewed 20-50 images that would be considered child pornography, the criminal complaint reads. Vanboesschoten told investigators he saved approximately 6-10 of those images on his computer, the complaint says.

The criminal complaint goes on to say Vanboesschoten told investigators he's had thoughts of having sexual contact with children over the past few years but has never acted on those thoughts.

Vanboesschoten, an employee of the school district for 18 years, told investigators he does not have regular interactions with children through his job and has never taken photographs or videos of children that could be considered pornographic, the criminal complaint says.

The school district released this statement:

Mr. Vanboesschoten was placed on an unpaid administrative leave as soon as the District learned of the charges in June. He did work as an assistant network manager PC technician. The main job duties of an assistant network manager PC technician is to service hardware. As such, his role involved little to no student contact. In addition to working with law enforcement on this matter, the District followed its internal policies and procedures and reviewed the matter from a personnel perspective. The District’s own review did not find any information from a personnel perspective that would have been turned over to law enforcement or matters similar to what was discovered on Mr. Vanboesschoten’s personal computers. Because this is a personnel issue, the District is unable to communicate details about the situation.

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