Tyler man arrested on child pornography charge

Matthew Landua (Smith County Jail Records)

A Tyler man arrested last month is accused of intentionally and knowingly promoting child pornography in over 400 images or videos of minors on a social media outlet, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained this week. 

Matthew Kyle Landua, 25, was booked into the Smith County Jail after 11 p.m. Sept. 26 on the child pornography charge from the sheriff's office. He has a surety bond of $750,000, according to jail records. 

According to the affidavit, the Tyler Police Department contacted the sheriff's office on a child pornography case outside of the city limits. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children gave a report and photos from Tumblr to the sheriff's office.

The photos and videos included females under 18 as well as adult males engaging in sexual conduct with minors. The images were uploaded with the Tumblr account called "youngisbetterr." The IP address was tracked to Landua's address, according to the document.

Authorities interviewed Landua at the residence after a search warrant was issued on April 1. He admitted to viewing porn weekly and sharing images on the "youngisbetterr" Tumblr account. He said he had not been on Tumblr for six to seven months, which coincided with the website deactivating his account in October 2018, the affidavit reads.

On Aug. 15, Tumblr gave 562 files related to Landua's account to authorities. Of these, 410 files include pornographic images and videos of female minors, according to the affidavit.

Recommended for you

Load comments