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INDIANAPOLIS – Matthew Walker, 28, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child.

According to court documents, he exploited 3 Indiana children and 2 children from South Carolina.

In 2019, Walker had engaged in sexually explicit Snapchat communications with two minor boys in southern Indiana. While using snapchat, Walker identified himself as a teenage girl, persuading minors to create and send him images and videos of themselves engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Police say Walker threatened the minors that he would send the images and videos of them to their families if they did not do as they were told.

Federal investigators discovered that Walker was living in Georgia. With assistance from law enforcement there, a search warrant was executed at Walker’s home. Evidence was seized and Walker admitted to communicating with multiple underage boys online.

Walker pled guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in a plea that incorporated his criminal conduct against three Indiana children and others.