Dorset man charged with violating his prison release conditions

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BURLINGTON — A former Manchester man, who served two years in federal prison for a massive collection of child pornography, is facing charges he violated terms of his supervised release conditions by testing positive for cocaine and getting arrested for driving while under the influence, U.S. District Court records show. Matthew P. Jayne, 51, now of Dorset appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Burlington last week on whether he should go back to prison for breaking court-imposed conditions imposed in October 2013 in connection with possessing child pornography, records show.

After pleading guilty to the felony charge, Jayne was sentenced to two years and a day in prison, followed by a term of five years on supervised release with strict conditions. Federal Judge Christina Reiss, who sentenced Jayne, will hold a hearing within a few weeks to determine if his reported new violations should send Jayne back to prison.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy said two of the new violations center on Jayne's arrest by Manchester Police Department on a driving while intoxicated charge on April 4. Conroy said Jayne was under orders to refrain from being charged with a new crime and to avoid excessive use of alcohol. Officer Carlton North pulled over Jayne for defective equipment and a subsequent roadside breath test showed an alcohol level of 0.121, court records show. Jayne was arrested, refused an evidentiary breath test at the Manchester Police station, and later appeared in state court on the charge, records show.

Conroy said Jayne also was expected to stay away from controlled substances, but federal court records show he admitted using cocaine multiple times between October 1 and Oct. 20, 2019. The reported admission was to his probation officer, records show.

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Jayne also was told when he completed a substance abuse program approved by the U.S. Probation Office that he was to refrain from the use of alcohol, but he admitted to drinking multiple times also during the first three weeks of October, records show.

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Conroy agreed to release Jayne, who has worked as a self-employed carpenter/contractor, on the same conditions of supervised release pending a final revocation hearing.

Jayne, who previously lived at 3062 Main Street in Manchester Village, had been trafficking in images of child rape for about 14 years when arrested seven years ago, then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan said in court papers.

Jayne's collection "totals 5,000 to 10,000 child sex abuse files (probably closer to 10,000)," Nolan wrote in her sentencing memo. "He downloaded and distributed very large volumes of video and image files depicting deeply disturbing sexual abuse of prepubescent children," the prosecutor noted.

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When the FBI raided Jayne's Manchester residence on Aug. 30, 2012, Jayne questioned the agents about whether they had "better things to do," said Nolan, who is now the U.S. Attorney for Vermont. Jayne also argued that child pornography trafficking is a constitutional freedom and a "matter of personal sovereignty," she said.

"Jayne's offense is extremely serious. On the child pornography spectrum, he is one of the more egregious offenders," Nolan said.

It was not just the possession for personal enjoyment, but the large scale indiscriminate distribution of child rape images that was bothersome, she said.


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