Westport Man Arrested by MCSO in Child Porn Investigation

A Westport man has been arrested following a child pornography investigation.

A Mendocino County Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant this week for 47-year-old Matthew Thomas McCarthy after a 2 year investigation. In September of 2014, a minor female reported that several years earlier she had been molested by McCarthy. While the investigation was ongoing, a second victim came forward with the same allegations. In September of 2015, Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office seized multiple computers and computer components from McCarthy’s Westport home. After the computers were analyzed additional charges of possession of child pornography and cruelty to animals were sought. McCarthy, who was arrested on Tuesday, is facing numerous charges, and is being held at the Mendocino County Jail in lieu of $850,000 bail.