Brownstown man arrested for child solicitation


A Brownstown man was arrested Monday after police received a tip that he was soliciting sex from children online that he believed to be minors.

Matthew Marshall Alexander Betz, 26, faces a charge of child solicitation, a Level 5 felony.

Brownstown Police Department Detective Jac Sanders wrote in the probable cause affidavit for Betz’s arrest that he received a tip on New Year’s Eve of last year that an individual was using the messaging app Kik under the username of “mmboy2222” to solicit sexual intercourse from children under the age of 14.

The source of the tip provided Sanders with emails that showed communications between “mmboy2222” and individuals he believed were of the ages of 8, 14 and others that were believed to be under the age of 15.

Sanders obtained and executed a search warrant for Kik records and received an IP address for the computer used by “mmboy2222” to send messages to who he thought were children, the probable cause affidavit reads.

Through investigative tools provided by investigative organization Internet Crimes Against Children, Sanders said in the affidavit that he was able to identify Comcast Cable Communications as the internet service provider for the IP address.

A subpoena was served by Sanders to Comcast on April 20 to identify the owner of the IP address, who turned out to be Betz.

On Monday, Betz was contacted to see if he would meet with Sanders for an interview, and he agreed.

During the interview, Betz admitted he communicated online with individuals he believed to be ages 8 and 14, sent explicit videos of himself and requested these children to come to his home in Brownstown to have sex with him.

In Indiana, a Level 5 felony is punishable by one to six years in prison with an advisory sentence of three years if convicted.

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