RU student arrested for child pornography

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Travis Handy

A Radford University st

Mugshot of Matthew Allen Collins

udent was arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography on Thursday, March 31.

Twenty-two-year-old Winchester native Matthew Allen Collins, was charged with five counts of possessing as well as five counts of distributing child pornography after his residence in Greenhill Apartments was searched around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

According to three search warrants, Radford City Police seized several items from Collins, his vehicle and his apartment.  The seized items included a computer, cell phone, photos, a digital camera, an iPod and several digital storage devices.

Police told reporters the items seized will be examined and may result in further charges against Collins.

The arrest and charges reportedly stemmed from an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, child pornography “is defined as any visual depiction … of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” The website also explains, “for purposes of enforcing the federal law, ‘minor’ is defined as a person under the age of 18.”

No other details about the case have been made public.

As of Thursday, March 31, Collins was being held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail.