Sexual exploitation charge dropped against former softball coach

By Ben Holbrook | Oct 06, 2016

A Waldo County court has dismissed a charge against a former softball coach in Regional School Unit 20 who reportedly requested pictures and videos from a 16-year-old.

Matthew Cox, 35, was arrested in Winterport in December 2015 following a six-month investigation into allegations he was sending text messages to a 16-year-old girl, requesting pictures and videos.

However, the court dismissed the sexual exploitation of a minor charge against Cox this month.

Searsport police obtained search warrants and took possession of Cox's and the victim's phones last year before turning the devices over to members of Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit. It was during a search of the victim's phone that police discovered messages allegedly from Cox requesting pictures and videos.

Police were unable to access Cox's phone because he refused to provide a password to law enforcement, Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said following Cox's arrest. LaHaye said at the time there was evidence that Cox sent requests for pictures and videos of the victim on more than one occasion.

There is no indication there were any other victims in the case, police said.

Cox coached varsity softball at Searsport District High School; he was removed from his coaching position after the allegations against him surfaced.

Calls to Assistant District Attorney Neil McLean seeking additional information were not returned at press time.


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