Brother of suspended Allegan fire chief under investigation

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — The brother of a suspended fire chief facing child pornography charges is now also being investigated for internet computer crimes in Allegan.

A source close to the investigation confirms the brother of Allegan District Fire Chief Matthew Gillies is at the center of another case.

Matthew Gillies
A Nov. 1, 2016 mug shot of Matthew Gillies. (Michigan Department of Corrections)

The source told 24 Hour News 8 a search warrant was issued for the suspect’s computers and Michigan State Police are now combing through the devices.

Authorities are not releasing the man’s name because he has not been charged with a crime at this time.

Gillies was arraigned last week on one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child under the age of 13, one count of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, and one count of possessing child sexually abusive material.

In court records, a Michigan State Police trooper said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found the images online and tipped off authorities, who traced them to computers used by Gillies at his home and the fire station in Allegan.

Allegan Fire Station
An Oct. 26, 2016 photo of the exterior of the Allegan Fire Station.

The trooper said Gillies admitted guilt to all of the charges.

Allegan Fire District board member Jon Cook said Gillies was suspended immediately after the board found out about the investigation on Oct. 21.

Gillies is free on bond with restrictions, including that he cannot use a computer. Gillies was also ordered to be tested for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

If convicted, Gillies could face up to 20 years in prison.