Smithfield Sex Offender, Mathew Hoard Indicted for Multiple Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses
PROVIDENCE, R.I (STL.News) A registered sex offender living in Smithfield was ordered detained by a federal magistrate judge Tuesday after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with multiple child sexual exploitation offenses. Mathew Hoard, 35, was charged in a five-count indictment with Attempted Enticement of A Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity; Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor; Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography; and Committing Offenses While Required to Register as a Sex Offender.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, Hoard was convicted of possession of child pornography in Rhode Island Superior Court in 2010 and sentenced to five years of probation and required to register as a sex offender. According to information received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in February 2020 an individual uploaded child pornography to a social media application. Members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) traced the upload to Hoard.
Meanwhile, in a separate ICAC investigation, Hoard was allegedly communicating via a social media application with an individual he believed was a 14-year-old girl.