Police: Montgomery Man Caught with Child Porn from Belarus

Montgomery, Ill. - A west suburban has been charged with possession of child pornography after federal authorities linked him to an Eastern European payment site that accepts payments for child porn websites.

Matthew P. Putz, 30, of the 1300 block of Amber Drive in Montgomery was arrested on a two-count felony warrant for unlawful possession of child pornography, according to a release from Montgomery police.

Montgomery police detectives were notified by the FBI that Putz had been linked to an international child pornography payment site in Belarus that only received payments for child pornography web sites, the release said. He allegedly used the payment center to join child porn websites in other countries.

On May 5, Montgomery officers and agents from the FBI and Homeland Security-Customs executed a search warrant at Putz's home, where they discovered images of child pornography on his computer, the release said.

"The images recovered do not appear to be from minors in the Chicagoland area," Det. Gregory Sullivan said in the release. "We believe any additional images we discover will not be linked to Montgomery."

Putz appeared in court last week and has been released on bond, according to police. Court information was not immediately available.


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