Winterport Man Arrested in Texas for Alleged Child Sex Abuse
A Waldo County man was taken into custody in Texas for alleged sex crimes against children in Maine.
Steven Mathis, 32, of Winterport was arrested as the result of an investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of several identified children in Waldo County, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss.
Mathis was interviewed and officials say he confessed to sexually abusing several identified children. In addition, he also allegedly admitted to uploading images of the abuse online and disseminating the images to various people. Police searched Mathis' residence and seized an electronic device that, when examined, allegedly provided evidence consistent with his confession.
According to Maine State Police, Mathis left Maine and fled to Texas out of fear for their investigation into his activities. The Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit obtained a nationwide extraditable arrest warrant for Steven Mathis. Earlier this month, Maine State Police, with the assistance of the FBI, Texas Rangers, and the Hill County Sheriff's Office was able to find Mathis in Whitney, Texas, and arrest him.
Members of Maine law enforcement traveled to Texas and took custody of Mathis on Monday. He was brought back to Maine, where he will face criminal charges in the Waldo County Courthouse. He's currently being held on $50,000 bail. Police say this investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected as they investigate the possibility of additional victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit.