Oak Park Child Predator Arrested
12/22/2016 6:49:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Arrest of Child Predator
4800 block of Via Bensa Oak Park, Ca.
Date & Time:
December 22, 2016 @ 10:40 AM
Thousand Oaks Investigations Bureau ' Sexual Assault Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigations ' Safe Streets Task Force, Ventura County District Attorney's Office, California Department of Corrections - Parole
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Matthew David Myers
(V) 12 Juveniles, Males & Females
Ventura & Los Angeles Counties
On July 1, 2015, detectives with the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau ' Sexual Assault Unit began an investigation that involved a suspect using an alias and claiming to be a 17 year old boy, who contacted a 15 year old female victim via Facebook. During the investigation, it was learned the suspect and the victim were engaging in sexually related conversations via Facebook and the suspect sought sexually explicit pictures of the victim. The early stages of the investigation also revealed the suspect had contacted a 16 year old boy using the same alias. The suspect sent the boy sexually explicit photos.
Detective's worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and learned the suspect was living at an address in the Oak Park area. Further investigation into the residence revealed the suspect was Matthew David Myers, a registered sex offender who was currently on parole for sexual assault related crimes that occurred between 2005 and 2009. Myers is also considered high risk and is currently being electronically monitored by Parole.
In September of 2015, detectives served a search warrant at Myers' residence and Facebook accounts. At the residence, detectives located and seized evidence that further linked Myers to child annoying, attempted production of child pornography and sending harmful matter to a minor.
During the past year, detectives completed their review of nearly 30,000 pages of evidence from Facebook and a detailed examination of the electronic devices seized from Myers' residence. This review and examination resulted in detectives locating and interviewing an additional 10 victims, bringing the total number of victims to 12.
The case was submitted to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office for review in November 2016. The District Attorney's office approved a felony complaint that will charge Myers with 21 felony counts of PC 311.11(b) ' Possession of Child Pornography, PC 647.6(a) ' Annoying or Molesting a child under 18 with a prior, and PC 288.2(a) ' Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor. All of these crimes were committed using social medial sites.
On December 21, 2016, an arrest warrant for Matthew Myers was issued by the Ventura County Superior Court. On December 22, 2016, detectives arrested Myers at his place of employment in the City of Pasadena. Myers was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility with a $1,000,000 bail. In addition to the above charges, State Parole also placed a No Bail hold on Myers for the violation of parole. Myers is scheduled to appear in court on December 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM
Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date:
December 22, 2016
Media Follow-Up Contact:
Detective Guy Fadler 805-797-7141
Captain Ross Bonfiglio