.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Youth minister denied bond in child porn case, judge cites risk to community

-A A +A
By The Staff

SANTA FE (AP) ee* A federal magistrate has denied bond for a Los Alamos youth minister charged in a child pornography case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlyn Rees said the judge found during Friday’s hearing that 58-year-old Matthew Nichols is a danger to the community and should not be released.

Federal agents arrested Nichols Wednesday on an indictment charging him with possessing, receiving, distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

Nichols has been on paid leave from the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church since January. His lawyer didn’t return calls after the hearing, and a woman who answered a telephone listed for Nichols declined to comment.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) searched the pastor’s home and the church Dec. 29, confiscating four computers, hard drives and CDs believed to contain child pornography.

The indictment says Nichols was convicted of corruption of minors and criminal solicitation to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in Dauphin County, Pa., in 1980.

ICE said in a news release that Nichols previously was employed as a science teacher and coach at a middle school in Espanola and as a teacher at a high school in Munhall, Pa., near Pittsburgh.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday