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Alleged child porn collector offered plea bargain


September 10, 2009
WAKEFIELD — An East Wakefield man who was indicted on 10 counts of possession of child pornography has until May to decide whether to accept a plea agreement from the state offering him seven and one-half to 15 years in prison.

In July, Matthew D. Sizemore, 52, of 104 Burley Park Drive, pleaded not guilty to the child pornography charges. He remains free on $25,000 cash bail. He is subject to bail conditions and conditions placed on him by the county's pretrial release program.

According to paperwork from his Dispositional Conference held on Sept. 2 in Carroll County Superior Court, the state is offering Sizemore seven and a half to 15 years in prison. He can get the deal "as long as only downloaded images are found," according to a note on court paperwork from his dispositional conference on Sept. 2.

Sizemore is being offered that deal unless another major cache of child pornography is found, said County Attorney Robin Gordon.

On June 5, members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Carroll County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant and seized computers at the home. Sizemore was charged on June 9 with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Each count is a Class A felony punishable by a jail term of seven and a half to 15 years in jail in the New Hampshire State Prison. In addition to imprisonment a fine may be imposed to any sentence of imprisonment, probation, or conditional discharge. The amount of any fine imposed on any individual may not exceed $4,000 for a single felony, according to Detective Mitchell Gove of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the lead investigator in the case.

The deadline for Sizemore to enter a negotiated plea is May 5, 2010, which is the date of this final pretrial hearing. Jury selection for his case is scheduled for May 17, 2010.

Until then, Sizemore is free but is participating in the county's pretrial supervision program.

"There are enough restrictions on him that we feel okay with him being out," said Gordon.

During pretrial release Sizemore must: refrain from the excessive use of alcohol, not possess or use a firearm, submit to substance abuse testing, pay a $10 supervision fee, and not have contact with anyone under 16. His bail conditions state he may not have access to the Internet.

He must also follow conditions that are standard for anyone pretrial release. Those include checking in with the department of corrections every week, remaining arrest free, and notifying the department of corrections with any changes in living arrangements.

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