OCALA, FL – On Thursday, July 7, Ocala Police Detectives arrested Matthew Schuster, 45, for 19 counts of possession of child pornography. According to authorities, on May 27, Detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that numerous files containing child pornography were stored on Shuster’s Google Photos account. Using additional information from the tip, Detectives were able to locate Schuster’s residence. On June 27, Detectives wrote a search warrant on the Google Photos account and found multiple files containing child pornography. Based on the tip and evidence found on the account, police established probable cause to search Schuster’s residence.
On Thursday at approximately 6:45 a.m., an Ocala Police Department SWAT team responded to the home and made announcements for anyone inside to exit for a search warrant. After multiple announcements and no one answering the door, the SWAT team made a forced entry. Schuster was found inside the house, was detained, and interviewed by the detective.
According to authorities, Schuster confirmed his email address and admitted that he had stored child pornography on his account. When told that detectives were going to search through all electronic devices in the home for evidence of child pornography, Schuster stated that the files would be found on his phone. Detectives located the phone and found numerous files of child pornography. Schuster was arrested and brought to the Marion County jail.