2011-06-17 / Top Stories

Cop Gets Ten Years For Child Porn

By Nicholas Briano

A retired cop from South Ozone Park with ties to Rockaway who pleaded guilty to child pornography last month was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced this week.

Police arrested Matthew Fanning, 48, in 2008 after detectives seized three computers containing child pornography from his girlfriend’s Rockaway apartment. His girlfriend, whose name was not released by police, reportedly lives in Rockaway Beach. Police say that Fanning often spent weekends at the apartment.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child. According to the guilty plea, Fanning obtained the child porn from the former file sharing network, Limewire. According to court papers, the child pornography images were traced back to his South Ozone Park home and his girlfriend’s Rockaway apartment.

The first video was reportedly obtained on October 4, 2006, at his residence, which featured a three-year-old girl engaged in a sexual act with an adult male. Records obtained from his computer indicate that he last accessed that video on December 5, 2007. In addition, the defendant obtained another video file on May 15, 2007, which depicted a 10-year-old girl engaged in a sexual act with an adult male. The defendant last accessed that file on February 2, 2008 which ultimately led to his arrest later that month.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Fernando M. Camacho sentenced him to an indeterminate term of two-andone third to seven years in prison on the first count and one to three years on the second count. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively.

“Today’s sentence should send a clear message to those who view and share child pornography that such behavior is unacceptable in a civilized society. The children who are depicted in these vile videos are real children who are being sexually assaulted by adults and who will suffer the physical and emotional effects of these crimes for a lifetime. The fact that the defendant is a retired NYPD officer makes this case all the more disturbing,” District Attorney Brown said.

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