By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man, who remains jailed on $50,000 bail pending his arraignment with an attorney on Aug. 31, told police that he started receiving child pornography after his phone was hacked about five years ago, court records show.

If convicted of possessing photos on Aug. 24 of nude young children performing sexual acts, Matthew James Albright, 25, could be given as much as a 20-year prison term and a $25,000 fine, according to the felony charge filed by prosecutor Debra Vincent this week.

Albright had gone to the Cushing police station at 12:06 am on Aug. 24 to talk to police about his phone being hacked about five years ago, Cushing Police Officer Garvis Scott Thomas wrote in an affidavit.

“Albright further advised his (female) roommate had his phone and was refusing to give it back to him. Albright eventually informed me that when his email was hacked approximately five years ago, he started receiving pictures from different people. Albright then advised the pictures were of child pornography.

“Albright advised he allowed his roommate to use his phone. Albright explained when (she) was using his phone, she saw the child porn and became angry with him, and he left the apartment. Albright continued to inform me he has been receiving pictures of child porn via email for approximately five years.

“Albright explained when his roommate found the pictures, he got scared and wanted to come to the police to talk to someone about it. Albright advised he had another phone with approximately 150 saved photos of child porn, but he lost that phone approximately six months ago.

“Albright explained he was saving the photos because he was eventually going to come and report it to the police. When asked why he waited so long, Albright advised he was scared.

“Albright advised he would sometimes look at the emails trying to determine the source of where they were coming from. Albright explained he did not know there were child porn photos on his current phone because it ‘automatically saves.’ Albright advised he was going through a divorce, and he deleted some of the photos from the phone of his estranged wife,” the affidavit alleged.

After Albright signed a consent to search his phone, “Sgt. Carson Watts read the form aloud to Albright making sure he understood the form’s meaning. Albright was also informed officers would be seizing the phone if pictures were located on it because of what Albright admitted to having on his phone.

“When asked how he knew the photos were of children, Albright said he could tell. When asked how old the children appeared, Albright advised 3-years-old. When asked if the children were nude, Albright said yes. Albright also advised in some of the photos, the children were performing sexual acts.

“Albright then stated, ‘I guarantee you, you will find them on the phone.’ Albright was informed he could deny officers to look at the phone, but we would still be seizing the phone and requesting a search warrant.

“Albright then informed us he would still allow officers to look through the phone. When asked if he took screenshots of the photos or downloaded them, Albright advised he downloads them,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.

At about 1:27 am on Aug. 24, Albright escorted Sgt. Watts and Officer Thomas to his apartment at Crossroad Villa on S. Little Ave. in Cushing, the affidavit alleged.

After Albright’s roommate answered the door and handed Albright’s phone to police, “I observed multiple nude pictures of prepubescent children,” performing sexual acts and posing in attempted seductive manners, the officer alleged in his affidavit. “Some of the pictures had multiple children in them,” the affidavit alleged.

“The dates of the pictures start on Feb. 26, 2017, to June 12, 2021. In the camera roll, there were also saved ‘selfie’ photos of Albright’s face,” the affidavit alleged.

After advising Albright of his rights at 1:40 am, “I asked Albright how often he looks at child porn and he stated he does not. Albright changed his story multiple times, saying he did not know the pictures were saved on his phone to he knew they were there; he just did not know what to do about it.

“I asked Albright if he did not know the child porn photos were saved on this phone, how come there were selfie photos of him saved. Albright advised his phone automatically saves his photos to the phone.

“Albright then stated he saw the child porn photos on his phone when he went to delete the pictures of his estranged wife. At approximately 1:46 am, I placed Albright under arrest,” for alleged possession of child pornography, Officer Thomas wrote in his affidavit.

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