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Former St. Pete officer sentenced to 8 years in prison for distribution, possession of child porn, DOJ says

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 23:21:45-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A former St. Pete police officer was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison for the distribution and possession of child porn, the Department of Justice reported.

According to court documents, agents received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone distributed child porn.

The investigation led agents to 35-year-old Matthew Enhoffer's house, a former St. Pete officer, the DOJ said.

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On Sept. 11, agents executed a search warrant at Enhoffer's home and seized several electronic devices, the DOJ said.

According to the DOJ, Enhoffer had around 390 child porn images, 7 child porn videos and 290 child erotic images.

A forensic analysis of his laptop also revealed he had distributed child sex abuse material to another person via the internet in June and July 2018, the DOJ said.

“It is especially disheartening when a law enforcement officer becomes the criminal but no person is above the law,” said Acting Deputy Special Agent in Charge Micah C. McCombs. “Thanks to HSI special agents and outstanding support from the St. Petersburg Police Department, this child predator will be held accountable for his crimes.”

Enhoffer pleaded guilty on Feb. 11, 2020.

The court also ordered Enhoffer to pay a $10,000 special assessment pursuant to the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act of 2015.

The DOJ said the court will determine restitution to the victims another time.