Soldier turned online predator, arrested


A U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell was arrested Wednesday in Clearwater, Florida, on allegations he was sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl, according to a news release from Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Peter Matlock, 23, Fort Campbell, was charged with three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device, one count of certain use of computer services or devices prohibited and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communications device.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim informed detectives Dec. 7 that she had a 10 month relationship with Matlock that had turned sexual in nature. The relationship, and texts messages, is alleged to have taken place between February and November.

Matlock communicated with the victim through Facebook, Skype and text messaging, the detective said, and obtained nude photos from the girl. It is also alleged the two engaged in simulated sex on video using Skype.

Matlock was aware of the victim’s age, the release says, even discussing the potential criminal consequences of his actions.




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