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Ex-teacher, Raleigh man sentenced on child porn charges

Posted July 26, 2012

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— A former Craven County school teacher was one of two men sentenced Wednesday to federal prison on child pornography charges, authorities said Thursday.

Matthew Metcalf, 41, of New Bern, pleaded guilty in April to producing child pornography over the Internet. He was sentenced to 17½ years in prison.

Separate investigations led the FBI and the State Bureau of Investigation to Metcalf, a former elementary school teacher in Craven County, last year, authorities said.

The SBI’s lead was based on information sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which had learned that someone using the Internet moniker “14yoVideoMaster” had uploaded images of apparent child pornography to YouTube.

Meanwhile, the FBI found a child in another state who had created and uploaded videos depicting himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct, authorities said. The juvenile told investigators that he did so at the behest of a 14-year-old boy named “Cody” who used the “14yoVideoMaster” ID.

A search of Metcalf's home last year turned up a computer linked to the "14yoVideoMaster" ID, and Metcalf told investigators that he encouraging children to produce sexual images of themselves online and had amassed a significant collection of child pornography.

Also Wednesday, Billy Charles Burgess, 66, of Raleigh, was sentenced to 21½ years in prison and fined $25,000. He pleaded guilty in January to receiving child pornography.

Because of a 2000 federal conviction in Florida involving child pornography, Burgess received a harsher sentence, authorities said.

Burgess sent three photos over the Internet of prepubescent girls engaged in sexual acts to a law enforcement officer posing as the mother of a juvenile that he anticipated meeting, authorities said. A subsequent search of his computers turned up four pornographic images that had been downloaded from the Internet.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 30, 2012

    The fines for harming a child should NEVER be less than $1 mil. PERIOD!!!

  • dwr1964 Jul 27, 2012

    Move everyone out of North Dakota, build a 100 foot high, electrically charged fence that causes instant death. Then put ALL criminals inside, with weapons, and let them decide as to whether or not to begin to govern themselves or simply kill each other.

  • cynda-ur-way Jul 26, 2012

    Why was he sending pics to the mother of the child. I understand she was an undercover cop but it doesnt make sense why they were sent to her and not the kid. Am I missing something?

  • NiceNSmooth Jul 26, 2012

    I totally agree Vegas!!!

  • SueInNC Jul 26, 2012

    I sure wish they'd make these child porn laws much much harsher! Maybe then these sick people would stop exploiting children!

  • vegasbabyvegas Jul 26, 2012

    It warms my heart to see these lengthy prison sentences. Think how long they would get if they actually molested someone. Now if only the North Carolina legislature would WAKE UP and pass laws to lengthen sentences on state charges. It these guys were in state court they would have received probation for these charges. Who would you rather see in prison longer.. a child molester or a drug dealer? I would much rather the child molester never see the light of day.

  • jjordan231179 Jul 26, 2012

    Kilo of cocaine is a life sentence. Interesting.

  • kcrawford27513 Jul 26, 2012

    They should keep him from ever teaching again!

  • Gay Aiken Jul 26, 2012

    Who in their right mind would upload that to YouTube? Wow.

  • robbyh Jul 26, 2012

    When are these people going to learn that they are going to get you? Serve that much time for something so stupid.