Man, 20, charged with child sexploitation
by Brandon Wilson
October 13, 2010 02:52 PM | 5953 views | 4 4 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Matthew Day Cauthen
Matthew Day Cauthen
WEST COBB — A 20-year-old Villa Rica man was arrested Tuesday when he arrived at a west Cobb location expecting to engage in sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet, Cobb Police said.

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.
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an acquaintance
October 20, 2010
please pray for this man and his family in addition to those whose lives he affected
nick manning
October 15, 2010
THIS GUY WAS training to be a firefighter/emt. i'm glad they caught him.
cobb countian
October 15, 2010
October 15, 2010
Sun trust bank in Smyrna robbed yesterday Would like to know why Smyrna Police didn't but school next to the bank on lockdown or let them know what was going on. This is not the first time this has happen. Every time one of the banks are robbed the school is not told what is going on
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