BRATTLEBORO >> A local man, accused of two counts of possessing images of child sexual abuse, faces five to 10 years in prison.
According to court documents, Matthew L. Soubble, 49, of Brattleboro, was arrested after the Brattleboro Police Department received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Pinterest subscriber was accessing videos of containing images of pre-pubescent males.
The IP address of the user was traced to an apartment on Main Street, where police detectives conducted a non-custodial interview with Soubble. Soubble told detectives that the IP address was his, that he had nothing to hide and that he had been viewing images of child sexual abuse for at least a decade.
Court documents reveal that in the winter of 2011/2012, Soubble called the Brattleboro Police Department and admitted to his obsession but was told "there was nothing they could do."
Soubble also told detectives that he has sought therapy to help him control his urges and that he is sorry for his behavior. But he insisted he was not a "disturbed freak" who would "stalk children," and that he loves kids and would do "anything to protect a kid" and "would sacrifice his life to save a child." He also added that he does "not want to have sex with a child."
Soubble told the detectives he had accessed the images and videos on the "dark web" and that his desktop computer contained those images and videos.
Soubble was arraigned on Wednesday and released with conditions.
The dark web then is a portion of the internet that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers. "The most famous content that resides on the Dark Web is found in the TOR network," according to BrightPlanet.com. "The TOR network is an anonymous network that can only be accessed with a special web browser, called the TOR browser. This is the portion of the internet most widely known for illicit activities because of the anonymity associated with the TOR network."
All persons identified in the Court Log are innocent unless found guilty in a court of law. Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.