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Police Charge Simsbury Man – Formerly of Avon – with Child Pornography Possession [Update, 10:56 p.m., Feb. 5]

Matthew Vicente, of Simsbury, was arrested Feb. 5 after a computer crimes investigation led to the search of his former Avon home in November.

The Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit served an arrest warrant to a Simsbury man Tuesday after finding child pornography videos at his former Avon home about three months ago.

State police charged Matthew Vicente, 26, with possession of first-degree child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance on Feb. 5. Police held Vicente on a $300,000 bond and he appeared in Hartford Superior Court later on Tuesday.

The computer crimes unit began investigating Vicente in October of 2012 "after videos of suspected child pornography were discovered as being shared" from an online account tied to his address at the time, Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a press release.

Vicente – who moved to 71 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury recently – lived in Avon when Avon and state police searched his home on a warrant back in November for a computer crimes case they were working on together. Local and state police seized evidence from his Avon house related to the investigation into Vicente.

"A preview of the evidence obtained as a result of the search warrant was conducted and videos of suspected child pornography were located," Vance said.

Vicente was one of six individuals arrested recently following separate investigations led by state troopers in the state Computer Crimes Investigation Unit.

Correction: Avon and state police executed a search and seizure warrant at Matthew Vicente's former Avon home in November, not his current house in Simsbury, which police said he moved to recently. Patch previously reported that the search and seizure happened in Simsbury Feb. 5, whereas he was arrested Tuesday. The article was updated at 10:44 p.m. on Tuesday to reflect the correction.

POODETWA February 08, 2013 at 09:16 AM
omg!!! i used to see him walking on 44 w/a briefcase
Angela February 08, 2013 at 12:36 PM
me too, with a trench coat if Im not mistaken.
POODETWA February 08, 2013 at 07:21 PM
THAT'S THE ONE. RAIN, SLEET, OR WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW (SNOWING) --HE WAS A WALKING. E WORKED AT A SANDWICH SHOP-- GLAD IT WAS NOT A HOT DOG STAND
Kim Tall February 12, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Anyone know the judgment from Hartford Superior Court? I went to high school with him and I am concerned about this news.
Ken Katz February 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Kim: An arrest does not bring a judgment. Judgments only occur following a trial. The case is on the pre-trial docket according to the judicial website. He apparently remains in jail under a $200,000.00 bond. The next court date is March 14.

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