Thomas James Mattice

Thomas James Mattice

A Mesa man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sharing pictures of sexually exploited children – some as young 5.

State Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thomas James Mattice, 59, was busted in Nov. 2017 – two months after Pinal County Sheriff’s Office investigators identified a computer from the Phoenix metropolitan area that was sharing graphic depictions of sexually exploited children online through a peer-to-peer file-trading network.  

Investigators traced the computer to Mattice’s home and passed the tip to the Phoenix Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for follow up.  

Taskforce agents led by AG investigators raided Mattice’s home and the suspect identified a computer in the front room of the residence as belonging to him.  

“Forensic analysis of that computer located images and videos of child sexual exploitation stored on the computer, along with client software that was used to access the peer-to-peer network,” Brnovich said.

 Mattice pleaded guilty to two felony counts on Sept. 10.

In addition to the prison term, he will be placed on lifetime probation and be required to register as a sex offender when he is released in 2029.

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