Ex-Allegan fire chief sentenced for child porn

Matthew Gillies
An undated mug shot of Matthew Gillies. (Allegan County Sheriff's Office)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — The former chief of the Allegan Fire District who admitted to producing child pornography is heading to prison.

A judge Monday sentenced Matt Gillies to 5 years and 11 months to 20 years in prison for child sexually abusive activity and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under the age of 13.

Allegan Fire District locker
A helmet sits in the locker for Allegan Fire District Chief Matt Gillies. (Oct. 26, 2016)

Gillies previously pleaded guilty to both felony charges on June 5. The judge sentenced him to 85 months to 20 years in prison for child sexually abusive activity and 71 months to 15 years for second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The sentences will run concurrently.

The allegations against Gillies came to light in October 2016 and he was immediately suspended without pay. Allegan Fire District board member Jon Cook said he was terminated in late November of that year.

Michigan State Police say they started investigating Gillies after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Authorities said some of the videos appeared to be recorded at the fire station because of equipment seen in the video. Those videos did not involve children, but pictures of kids, investigators said.