The young Vinton County man who faces a 73-count indictment in a child pornography and telecommunications theft case has pled not guilty to those charges in Vinton County Common Pleas Court.
The defendant, Matthew Young of 27485 State Route 327, Londonderry, made his first appearance in court Monday morning, April 17, for an arraignment since he was arrested last Wednesday, April 12, at his residence. He is charged with 44 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving A Minor, one count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, 14 counts of Telecommunications Fraud, and 14 counts of Theft.
According to information released last week by Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown, the indictment stems from a consumer-fraud investigation launched in 2014 the Ohio Attorney General's Office after Young fraudulently allegedly posed as a music promoter and accepted fees without performing any services. This resulted in a search warrant being executed on Young's residence in Vinton County near Londonderry, which led to a second investigation involving Young's alleged possession and reproducing of child-pornography material.
During the arraignment before Judge Jerome Catanzaro who was sitting in for Vinton County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Simmons, Young offered a not-guilty plea to the indictment. Judge Catanzaro ordered a $100,000 cash bond or full surety. Young has requested court-appointed counsel, a request which is under consideration. He was represented at the arraignment by attorney Josh Price. The court is expected to schedule a date for a pre-trial proceeding.
Young remains incarcerated in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.