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NJ man arrested for attempting to lure boy for sex and sending child sexual abuse materials to users on social media he believed were underage

MONTCLAIR, NJ (Essex County)– An Essex County man has been arrested for attempting to lure a boy under the age of 16 for sex and sending child sexual abuse materials via social media to persons he believed were underage, according to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

Keith F. Matheis, 67, of Montclair was arrested on Monday at his residence and was charged with second-degree luring a child, third-degree showing obscene materials to a person under 18, third-degree showing obscene materials to a person under 18 – and at least four years younger than the defendant – for Matheis’s sexual gratification, second-degree distribution of child sexual abuse materials, and third-degree possession of child sexual abuse materials. He was lodged in the Essex County Jail pending a detention hearing, Grewal said.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Cyber Crimes Bureau that began after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a tip from a social media service that a user of the service allegedly distributed a file of child sexual exploitation to another user via a direct message, Grewal said.

A further investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice revealed that the user, who was identified as Matheis, allegedly engaged in sexually explicit chats with multiple users he believed were under 16 years old. He allegedly arranged to meet one suspected minor child in Montclair in order to have sex with him. He also allegedly sent child sexual abuse materials to multiple persons, including users he believed were minors, and he allegedly sent a photo of his genitals to a victim he believed was 15, Grewal said.

“The allegations against Matheis reveal a dangerous child predator and they raise concerns about other potential victims,” Grewal siad. “We urge anyone who might have relevant information about Matheis to contact us confidentially using the New Jersey ICAC Task Force Tipline: 888-648-6007. We are committed to protecting children from these crimes.”

“Cases such as this one highlight the need for parents to vigilantly monitor their children’s online activity and educate their children about the potential dangers of social media,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “In addition to pursuing tips from NCMEC, we routinely conduct proactive investigations on social media platforms and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to identify child predators and offenders distributing child sexual abuse materials.”

The second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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