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More Charges Filed Against Police Officer
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-07-21

            The Upper Hanover resident who has worked as a police officer in Bucks County has been arrested for the second time in three months. Matthew Reiss, 47, of Ziegler Road in the Palm section of the township, was charged last week with an additional 1,695 felony counts for possession of child pornography.

            The Montgomery County District Attorney filed the new charges against Reiss on July 15 in the Red Hil Court of District Judge Maureen Coggins. Law enforcement officials claim to have discovered the photos, which depict child pornography, on his electronic devices, according to a July 16 news release from Kate Delano, the director of communications for the office of DA Kevin Steele.

            Over an objection from the plaintiff, District Judge Suzan Leonard set bail in the case at $10,000 unsecured during a July 15 preliminary arraignment. Prosecutors argued for $100,000 monetary, according to the release.

            A preliminary hearing on the new set of charges, before Coggins, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            On April 16, county detectives received a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the uploading of two images depicting sexual child abuse to a Google email account. The IP address for the account was traced to the defendant's residence in Palm. In addition, the cellphone number associated with the Gmail account was the defendant's.

            Detectives served a search warrant on Google for information about the Gmail account. On May 19, the investigation received 660 images, which included 10 images that were of child pornography, depicting children under the age of 13 in various stages of undress, in sexual poses and being sexually assaulted.

            As part of the search warrant, chats were also provided to investigators. In one chat, the defendant notes that he works for a local government entity. However, the investigation found no connection between the child pornography and his employment, according to a news release provided by Delano.

            Reiss was arrested and charged with 10 felony counts of possessing child pornography. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Albert J. Augustine, who set bail at $75,000 cash. The defendant posted bail and was released and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all counts on June 7 before Coggins.

            The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nichola Beeson, captain of the Family Protection Unit. The Hilltown Township Police Department and Bucks County District Attorney's Office assisted with this investigation.

            Since his arrest, the police department has placed Reiss on administrative leave, according to a statement from Steele's office.


 

 

 

 

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