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Blogger posts bond after arrested for posting child porn

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Courtesy: Shelby County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Controversial Internet talk show host Thaddeus Matthews, who was arrested by Memphis police Wednesday evening on charges after he posted an image of child pornography on his Facebook social media site, posted bond Thursday morning and is out of jail.

Police charged Matthews with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Matthews, who was booked and spent the night in the Shelby County Jail, posted 10 percent ($1,000) of his $100,000 bond. He left 201 Poplar Ave. just after 9 a.m., but is due back Friday morning in General Sessions Court to face charges.

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Matthews, 55, claims he posted the picture to help catch the pervert in it.

It's a crime to post any pornographic images of children on the Internet no matter what the reason.

As he was walking out of the jail Matthews spoke the local media on his arrest and why he posted the pornographic image on his Facebook page.

"There was a child that I felt was in danger," he said. "I went after the perpetrator of the child. This has nothing to do with the child. Your station, no other station, has went after who is the perpetrator of this particular child. That's where the interest should be and not on Thaddeus Matthews."

Matthews told FOX13 News that he would talk about his arrest and his reasoning why he posted the image on social media on his Internet radio show Thursday afternoon.

In a media release to FOX13 News Wednesday evening Memphis police said they received a walk-in complaint Nov. 9 from a concerned citizen who advised that she discovered a disturbing image on Facebook of a child performing a sexual act.

Though it wasn't determined that the actual posting was generated from someone in Memphis, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) detectives pursued all possible leads. Police found that this same image was also posted Nov. 13 on Matthews' Facebook page.

When contacted, Matthews told police he needed to report to ICAC for a follow-up investigation into the allegations of this posting.

ICAC continues to further investigate this incident and is also attempting to discover the orientation of the original photo. At this time, investigators believe that through other investigative leads, more charges are to follow.

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