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Teacher, Scout Leader Arrested For Child Porn

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HUGHESVILLE — A teacher with the Muncy School District and a Boy Scout camp director has been charged in a child pornography investigation.

After an investigation, the attorney general’s office has charged Matthew Manning, 38, of Hughesville with having more than 150 pictures of child porn on his computer.

Police found porn on Manning’s computer in his bedroom at the home he lived in with his parents in Hughesville.

Manning was arrested Wednesday at Camp Karoondinha, a Boy Scout camp in Mifflinburg.

He is charged with child pornography, disseminating photos/film of child sex acts, and criminal use of communication facility.

59 comments

  • Laura

    It makes me sick reading some of the comments supporting him. How can you say pornographic pics of kids on his computer is ok? What is wrong with you? Do you have kids? How would you feel if he took his scouts and used them for his collection. It doesn’t matter what he did in public or what a good citizen he was….I hope they rip him apart in prison.

  • KDS

    For those of you supporting this person please take a moment to think about the children in these images, most of whom are likely abused daily either by family members who took these pics or strangers who’ve abducted them. The circumstance these CHILDREN are in is dire and his viewing of these images contributes to that…and in turn your blind support of this man (I use that term loosely) also condones it. Ted Bundy was as charismatic as they come and never showed his depravity….think about that….A few nice memories of this guy doesn’t make up for the fact that he’s a PEDOPHILE. Perhaps you should think about it this way- would you let him ogle your naked, helpless sons/daughters? No? Gee I wonder why…..he’s so nice….Pathetic

  • A

    You people would not be defending him if the pictures were of your children, nieces, nephews, or cousins. Think about the children.

  • ZeroTolerance

    This seems to be an epidemic in NEPA. Child molestation is one of the most prevalent crimes in the area. (this infro came from a state trooper) What gives? Is it the water? Coal dust?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Wow, this is a complete shock. And no, I’m not talking about Manning, I’m talking about the people defending him. This man had pictures of children doing sexual things but it’s somehow okay because he contributed to the community. I’m disgusted. These are CHILDREN. And I’m sure none of you would be saying “no he’s a good man, let’s forget the fact he has SEXUAL pictures of CHILDREN on his computer,” if any of those pictures were of your children. This is not acceptable just because he was a ‘good person.’ I’m a student at Muncy Highschool, and to think that these adults think it’s okay for him to be in MY school around ME is horrible.

  • Heidi

    Did any of his supporters read this article? He was looking at CHILDREN. Not only CHILDREN, but charged with looking at CHILDREN in sexual situations. Does that seem right to you?CHILDREN involved in sexual acts. “He’s a good person”. Yeah, o.k. People like that put themselves in situations that fulfill their needs…..for example…he put himself in a situation that he could be around kids to feed his sickness. I’m not saying he didn’t help someone with homework or whatever, but believe me, he was helping his own sick desire to be around young people. There is a special place in hell for this man.

  • Ann

    How can anyone even defend him? He was caught with it in his possession no one else put it there. He should pay the price, what he did was morally wrong and ILLEGAL. They don’t just go oops he viewed that picture by accident. They have been investigating him for a while . How anyone could defend a person who sees children as a sexual object just baffles me. Now I know people would not be defending him if one of those innocent children in those pictures were one of theirs. It should not matter they are all innocent children and they need justice . Let him have his day in court and pay the price for what he has done. As a parent with children in this school, I do NOT want him around my children again.

  • Jaimee

    Was gonna have him as a teacher this year but wow everybody let’s support the pedo….bet it would be different if it was your child on his computer

  • Katelyn

    I can’t believe that I’m seeing a teacher that tought me 2 years ago who help me to pass his class is now arrested. How could he do this. I’m just dumbfounded !!!!!

  • MWM

    I agree with you. But MOST people think that if you do good things, you’re allowed to get away with bad things. It’s a misuse and misinterpretation of Grace. Doing something as deliberate as this is not a “mistake.” It’s not like he’s 16 yrs old for pete’s sake!

    • SG

      Better communication between students and officials and between students and parents would greatly help solve problems like this before they get more out of hand. But then again… who can you trust anymore?? These people make me sick!!

  • Jessica

    Looking at ADULT naked women online is nothing to be compared to looking at CHILDREN online one is legal the other isnt… I can’t believe you’re comparing the two together?…

  • Doke

    My new comments keep getting removed. People defending this guy don’t want to accept this apparently. I wonder if anyone will see this since my last 3 comments were removed even though I wrote nothing hateful or inflammatory.

  • David W.

    News only broke of this event this morning, and there is already an online petition with hundreds of signatures to get the charges dropped. Looks like he was a popular guy in the community. Anyone know the subject he teaches?

      • McCloskey

        send that paper work towards Schuylkill County Matt is a very nice man. I have known him for years and worked closes with my mother in the school district. its sad to see this it really is knowing how much he has done having to stand by and watch people who dont even know him tear him apart is pitiful on their part, what would people find going through your things just always remember that! Matt would not touch or harm anyone in anyway.

      • livingright777

        I knew Matt well back years ago when he was in High School. He was a year behind me. I am greatly saddened to see the young kid I knew become this..

        For those that say that well he never personally victimized anyone. You are dead wrong. If you were one of those children on his computer, being watched for someones perversion, you ARE being personally victimized. Its ok since he never touched anyone? not sure how you can sleep at night saying stuff like that.

  • jerome

    Why are people defending him? He did something bad. Now im not saying he doesnt deserve a fair trial and he can “Rot in hell” but him doing good things doesn’t discount the severity of his actions. I am open to a peaceful discussion.

    • Callie

      According to the police, he had photo on his computer of children involved in SEX ACTS! How in the name of God can you defend him? Do you realize the effect this has on the children? Or do you just not care?

  • Greg B.

    Hi, Bartfun. Quck question for ya…ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR ******* MIND? Are you seriously comparing naked pictures of consenting adults to similar pics of kids? Maybe they should check your computer too, hopefully the right person reads this. Congratulations, you have just won the Internets.

    • Greg B.

      Wow…8 of you voted that down already and 36 of you voted down the post before mine about not defending this animal. Is this place where all the peddies all hang out or what?

      • MWM

        Seriously! Getta load of THIS part of the comment that got 78 thumbs up! CREEPY! “As long as he wasnt acting on those urges which as of now he wasn’t then that does not change the good person he was to everyone around him or the thousands of hours he put into bettering his hometown and school.” Oh yes indeed, pervs like this are a real contribution to humanity! You’re right Greg, must be a town where all the peddies hang out..What’s killing me here is that all this turd’s fans forget that many criminals especially ones like this don’t advertise their crimes! What shocks me is that the stuff is still somehow accessible in this country?! Not that is should be accessible anywhere, but isn’t there a way to stop it from streaming?

  • Marissa

    How anyone can defend him is ridiculous. I had him as a teacher in school and I am disgusted. The fact that he had them on his computer is enough for me. Anyone who can look at a child like that is disturbed and should not be able to be around children period.

    • harry

      yes we all are disgusted and so did josh blaker but i was going to have him as a teacher but wow id think ill be able to sleep tonight he was a really nice guy

  • Doke

    I’d like to see what you would say if it was your child in the pictures. Let me break this down for you…children are involved and pedophilia is sexual desire for children.

  • Peepeetoucherssuck

    Don’t defend the creeper. Looks like they probably got him early before he molested one of them…hopefully

  • kristin

    I don’t understand how someone can defend this POS. Yeah, he may have done some good, but obviously he never practiced what he preached. How bout you tell this to all the children he has further abused by having them on his computer. He is a pedophile and deserves nothing short of a public hanging.

  • Jason Arnold

    Many many years ago this man was the leader of my Scout troop. Yes, having those pictures was wrong and he will have to answer to that; but he is otherwise a great person that has taught hundreds of young adults valuable life skills and has helped many people better themselves. It is easy to cast hate but with that keep in mind the good he has done and the invaluable service he has returned to his community. Only time will tell the full story of what happened here, until remember nothing is fact until the evidence is stamped into a verdict. A witch hunt wont solve anything. Hope and pray for the best, and let the punishment fit the crime.

    • bisonbarsinc

      I don’t understand the public condemning of people over charges like this. Despite what he may have done behind closed doors I still think he is a good person who made some poor choices. Having some questionable pictures isnt’t justifcation to completely ruin someones life. I had him as a teacher and knew him outside of school and always thought highly of the work that he did. Without knowing any details of the crime so many people are ready to burn him at the stake. I just hope he gets a fair trial and receives the counseling and help he needs.

      • Sarah

        Besides a few vocal people, it looks like the majority of the people on here are supportive oh him. The people that want unregulated 1500’s justice without reason or process are the ones shouting without thinking. Does nothing but make them look uneducated. I knew Matt as a teacher and a person outside of school, what someone does by themselves (though wrong) doesnt make them the devil reincarnated. As long as he wasnt acting on those urges (which as of now he wasnt) then that does not change the good person he was to everyone around him or the thousands of hours he put into bettering his hometown and school.

      • MWM

        Somebody drank the NEPA Kool-Aid. There is nothing “good” about a person who sees children as sexual objects! DUH! The man you knew/know is putting on a front. Most deviants put on a game face just like the rest of us, except most of us aren’t deviants. WHY do you think he is a teacher and a scout leader? So he can “help” children?! Puke chunks. Anybody defending this horror show is as sick as he is. Seems the major requirement for becoming a teacher these days is to be an experienced deviant.

  • Ashley

    This is Aweful! What really grinds my gears is the fact that Camp K Couldn’t reach out to the parents of all the elementary students there, my step son is there this week and I had to find out on facebook!! Thank you wnep for sharing this story!

    • David Neilson

      Don’t bash the camp. it is a great place. i worked there for two years on staff. believe me it is a huge shock but DO NOT bash the camp

    • manevil

      The camp did not know and didn’t want to spread rumors about something the didn’t fully understand. And what difference would it make.

    • Lenny

      I also worked at the camp for a few summers. It is a great place and should not be defined by the alleged actions of one person. I also agree with Dave and Manevil.

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