LA County firefighter accused of downloading child porn

July 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a Los Angeles County firefighter has been charged with downloading child pornography onto a computer at his firehouse.

Matthew David Winters was charged Friday with a felony count of possessing child pornography and a charge of destroying or concealing evidence.

Authorities say Winters downloaded the material to a computer at a fire station in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, between December 2017 and March 2018.

They also allege the 51-year-old Winters destroyed a computer hard drive in an attempt to conceal evidence.

A call to a telephone number listed for Winters in public records rang unanswered Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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