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A Des Moines man faces felony prices after allegedly receiving nude footage of a teen and one other boy he met whereas gaming on-line.

Matthew Eric Mason, 24, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, courtroom data present. Mason lives in Des Moines however the offenses occurred in Wapello County, in response to a {criminal} criticism from Ottumwa police.

Police say Mason met two boys, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old, whereas enjoying on-line video video games. The criticism states the person exchanged cellphone numbers with the kids, neither of whom stay in Iowa, and continued to speak to them.

“Mother and father noticed some communication they thought was suspicious, then they notified their native authorities who subsequently notified us,” Ottumwa police Lt. Jason Bell mentioned Wednesday. “He lived in Ottumwa, in order that’s after we received concerned.”

Mason “solicited quite a few” nude photos of every boy, the complaints state. Bell mentioned there is no proof of different victims.

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A warrant for Mason’s arrest was issued after prices have been filed in November, however he wasn’t taken into custody till the tip of January, courtroom data present. A name to Mason’s legal professional was not instantly returned. He had no prior {criminal} historical past in Wapello or Polk counties, courtroom data present.

Bell recommended the victims’ households for talking out.

“It is excellent for fogeys to be aware and conscious of who their youngsters are speaking with,” he mentioned. “This case is a major instance.”

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