Twice convicted sex offender sentenced to 33 years in prison

A 36-year-old man from a tiny, unincorporated town in Western Maryland with two prior convictions for sexually abusing children has been sentenced to more than three decades in prison for advertising child pornography on the Internet.

Matthew Sluss, of Rawlings, in Allegany County, will be on supervised release for the rest of his life once he serves his 33 year federal prison sentence, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Two prior convictions for sexually abusing children did not deter Matthew Sluss from using the Internet to contact other pedophiles and produce child pornography," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Sluss pleaded guilty to sharing more than 115,000 files of child pornography with others over the web. In 2009, the FBI raided his home, then in Denver, Colorado, and seized several computers, according to prosecutors. In 2010, authorities said he moved to his parents home in Rawlings, and on Feb. 8 of that year, he registered as a sex offender with Maryland officials.

Prosecutors said they conducted video surveillance of Sluss and captured him in his bedroom "using the file sharing program and downloading images and videos of child pornography."

Authorities said that Sluss' previous convictions involved young boys.


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