Criminal Justice

Alabama Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Trading Child Porn Over the Internet


A former lawyer at one of Alabama’s oldest law firms has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography.

Frederick Ball Matthews was a lawyer with Ball, Ball and Matthews in Montgomery and a former board member at Holy Cross Episcopal school, WFSA reports. He was charged as a result of information from Toronto police and undercover investigations by the FBI in New York and Florida, according to WFSA, the Montgomery Advertiser and the Associated Press.

Matthews admitted distributing more than 600 child pornography images over the Internet during a six-month period last year, the stories say. Investigators said they more found more 200,000 images and 8,000 videos of child pornography on computers and electronic storage devices in Matthews’ home.

The federal plea agreement calls for a minimum five-year prison sentence.

A statement issued by Holy Cross Episcopal says Matthews had no personal interaction with students as a member of the school board.

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