Williamsburg man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 25-year-old Williamsburg man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Tuesday.

Edward Joseph Matish III pleaded guilty to charges of accessing with intent to view child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

Court documents say Matish was a member of a hidden website used for sharing child porn. It operated on the Tor network from August 2014 until March 2015. Between October 2014 and March 2015, Matish logged into the website and watched content depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

In December 2014, Matish wrote on the site that he used it to control his attraction to young girls, encouraging others to “[l]eave the touching to the brave souls willing to risk everything for our relief.”

Matish was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He’s set to be sentenced on Jan. 30, 2017.