BOSTON — A 22-year-old Whitman man has been charged with two counts of child sexual exploitation.
Matthew Murphy was arrested and charged in federal court Tuesday afternoon, and was detained until a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Murphy allegedly posted as a teenage girl and used a fake Snapchat account to obtain nude photographs from a middle school boy in Massachusetts.
Federal agents say his Snapchat account turned up evidence of similar extortion involving other minors in the area, and court documents say he admitted to using the account and communicated with nearly 400 individuals, with most, if not all of them, as minors.
"Included in the search warrant return were more than 1,000 image files and more than 200 video files that were exchanged by or with the suspect account, many depicting sexually explicit material," documents say.
Court documents show conversations with the victim and the suspect's fraudulent account, with Murphy asking to watch someone shower in one instance.
Neighbors say they were shocked when investigators searched the home.
"Confused, and I didn't know what the hell was going on," one neighbor said. "I didn't know, they said they were looking for devices, so what goes through your head then?"
Neighbors said they never expected this type of incident from Murphy.
"Why would this happen?" a neighbor said. "Nicest kid you'd ever want to meet. It's sad."
Murphy was a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America and has been banned from participating in any future events.
Statement from Boy Scouts of America Mayflower Council CEO Bryan Feather:
Police are seeking to identify additional victims and are asking anyone with information to call 617-748-3274.
© 2020 Cox Media Group