HS threats suspect also faces child porn charges

Mug shot of Matthew Herrington.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The high school student accused of posting threats to West Catholic classmates online now also faces child pornography charges.

Matthew Herrington, 17, was formally charged Thursday with manufacturing child sexually abusive material, possession of child sexually abusive material and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

The manufacturing charge is a 20-year felony, the possession charge is a four-year felony, and the computer crimes are 20- and seven-year felonies.

Herrington also faces two counts of false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony.

He apparently admitted to posting threats on Instragram toward other West Catholic students. He said that he was trying to scare the students, but didn’t actually intend to hurt anyone, according to court documents.

Police searched Herrington’s computer while investigating the threats and found “various forms of child pornography,” court documents say. While testifying before a judge, an officer described the images as “pretty graphic.”

Herrington’s bond was set at $100,000 in the child porn case. He is scheduled to be back in court on March 19.

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