Matthew Day Cauthen is charged with sexual exploitation of a child. He was released from Cobb Jail on Wednesday on a $35,000 bond.
Police believe this is not a first for Cauthen and are asking anyone he may have contacted in person or through the Internet, using the screen name MDcauthen911, to call police.
“Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit feel this has happened to other victims and we are encouraging them to go on record so we can prosecute appropriately for all those he victimized,” Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. “At some point he did conduct business on Facebook.”
Pierce said Cauthen had been pursuing the girl, who told her parents, who went to Cobb Police. The setup for the meet occurred at an undisclosed location.
The Internet Crimes Against Children unit, a state-run organization that Cobb Police and many other law enforcement are part of, assisted in the events leading up to the arrest. Pierce said the unit monitors the Web year round in search of suspicious activity and has been very successful.
Pierce’s warning is “criminals beware.”
“We are monitoring the Internet, taking information from citizens who think their child is being victimized,” Pierce said. “We are taking on that identity of the juvenile and at some point we will make an arrest.”
According to Cauthen’s arrest warrant, the man sent pictures of his genitals via the Internet to who he thought was the 14-year-old girl. He also described acts of sodomy and intercourse during an Internet chat he thought he was having with the girl, according to the warrant.
Cobb Police ask anyone who has been in contact with Cauthen to call 770-801-3470. Cauthen was driving a gray, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 series diesel truck when he was arrested.