A 45-year-old Ocala man was arrested by the Ocala Police Department after a detective learned the man was storing numerous digital files containing child pornography in his Google Photos account.
On May 27, the OPD detective received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the files were stored on an account belonging to Matthew David Schuster.
The detective used information from that tip to locate Schuster’s residence, and a search warrant was obtained on his Google Photos account. According to OPD, the detective searched this account and found several files containing child pornography.
The OPD established probable cause to search Schuster’s residence based on the tip and evidence found on the account.
On July 7, at approximately 6:45 a.m., the Ocala Police Department SWAT team responded to Schuster’s residence and made announcements for anyone inside the house to come out for a search warrant.
After several announcements and no response, the SWAT team forced entry into the house. Schuster was inside the residence and was detained by the detective.
During an interview with OPD, Schuster confirmed his email address and admitted that he had stored child pornography in his account. When told by detectives that all of his electronics inside the house were going to be searched for evidence of child pornography, he said the files would be found on his cell phone.
Detectives located Schuster’s cell phone and found additional files containing child pornography stored there.
Schuster was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $38,000 bond. He faces 19 counts of possession of child pornography.
A court date has been set for Tuesday, August 9 at 9 a.m., according to prison records.