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Cleveland man charged with 50-plus counts of sexual exploitation of children
Matthew Roberts

A White County man remains behind bars in Dawson County after being charged with more than 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to warrants DCN obtained Dec. 23. 

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Matthew Scott Roberts, 40, of Cleveland, was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 20, 2022.

Roberts was initially charged with one count each of child molestation and sexual exploitation of children in the larger case, according to DCSO’s weekly arrest report. 

Now, he faces 51 counts of sexual exploitation of children and six counts of child molestation.

Roberts has also been accused of family violence-related battery in another 2022 case.

He allegedly committed the various sexual crimes on June 26, July 23 and Oct. 20, according to 57 DCSO warrants served on Nov. 28. 

Collectively, the warrants accused Roberts of filming and possessing more than a dozen explicit videos of a 9-year-old girl with whom he was previously acquainted in Dawson County and allegedly having more than 600 explicit photos of the female victim. 

Previously, Roberts was indicted in a similar 2019 case in White County, according to superior court records there. However, that indictment was thrown out in May 2021 because the allegation dates were too broad, court documents stated. 

Roberts remains at the Dawson County Detention Center without bond.