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Former St. Pete Police Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession, Distribution of Child Pornography

Matthew Enhoffer | US Attorney | Crime

He was sworn in to the St. Petersburg Police Department in 2015. In October that year, he was awarded the department’s Medal of Valor for his response in handling an armed suspect.

TAMPA – A former decorated St. Petersburg police officer was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he possessed and distributed child pornography.

Matthew Enhoffer, 35, of St. Petersburg, was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography. The court also ordered Enhoffer to pay a $10,000 special assessment pursuant to the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act of 2015. The court will determine restitution to the victims at a later date.

Enhoffer had pleaded guilty Feb. 11.

Enhoffer had been sworn in to the St. Petersburg Police Department in 2015. In October that year, he was awarded the department’s Medal of Valor for his response in handling an armed suspect. (Click here and click here for related stories.)

According to court documents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, agents from Homeland Security Investigations received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an individual had distributed child pornography on a web-based social media application. The investigation led agents to Enhoffer’s residence.

On Sept. 11, 2019, HSI agents executed a search warrant at Enhoffer’s home and seized several electronic devices. An examination of Enhoffer’s devices revealed that he possessed a total of about 390 child pornographic images, seen child pornographic videos, and 290 child erotic images. The images and videos depicted the sexual abuse of young children. A forensic analysis of Enhoffer’s laptop also revealed that he had distributed child sex abuse material to another individual via the internet in June and July 2018.

“It is especially disheartening when a law enforcement officer becomes the criminal but no person is above the law,” said Acting Deputy Special Agent in Charge Micah C. McCombs. “Thanks to HSI special agents and outstanding support from the St. Petersburg Police Department, this child predator will be held accountable for his crimes.”

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