Casas indicted by grand jury, gets new judge in federal case
Cassville man awaiting new appearance date
A Cassville man has been indicted by a grand jury on two felony charges and is awaiting a new appearance date after being transferred to a different federal judge.
Matthew Casas, also known as Matthew Casas Crum, 25, of Cassville, was indicted by a grand jury in April on charges of distributing child pornography and possessing child pornography with an intent to distribute, both class C felonies.
The first count carries 5-20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the second count carries 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Following Casas' indictment, he was assigned to Honorable Richard Door's courtroom in Kansas City, Mo., but due to Door's recent death, Casas has been resigned to the courtroom of District Judge Doug Harpool in Springfield. The case is being tried in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
The complaint against Casas was filed in March by Brian Martin, task force officer with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.
According to a report released by Martin, Casas had rented a smart TV and allegedly left child pornography stored on the device's memory. Law enforcement officers reviewed the images on the set, which the report said were believed to be homemade and created by a Kodak Easy Share camera. The camera, two cell phones and a laptop computer have since been seized by authorities.
Casas is also accused of loading a number of images onto Facebook and Flickr websites. The report said those were numerous images known to be commercially available and actively traded among child pornography collectors and viewers.
Task forces officers, aided by members of the Cassville Police Department and the Barry County Sheriff's Department, executed a search warrant at the home on Feb. 28. According to Martin's report, Casas took a considerable amount of time to answer the door, as officers observed he was in the home. Casas opened the door as officers were preparing to force entry.
During an initial interview in a task force officer's vehicle, Casas denied ever looking at child pornography. He later allegedly admitted obtaining the pornography from a coworker at Justin Boots, and that he had posted images on the Facebook and Flickr accounts. He also allegedly admitted owning an SD memory card with pornographic content, about three weeks earlier, that contained thousands of images and hundreds of movies.