Deputies: Man accused of filming girl had 91,000 child porn files

Matthew Washkewicz of St. Johns County faces 26 child sex-related charges

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, Nick Jones - Digital producer, Roxy Tyler - Web producer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A St. Johns County man facing several child pornography charges is jailed on $150,000 bond after his first court appearance on Saturday. 

Investigators pulled 91,000 files, the majority of which depict sex acts on children, off a flash drive found in the home of a federal employee arrested in St. Augustine, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Matthew Washkewicz, a 56-year-old retired Navy command master chief, was arrested on charges of video voyeurism after he was accused of videotaping a 12-year-old girl who was changing clothes in the bedroom of his home.

Jail records show he was first arrested Monday on those charges. He bonded out Tuesday morning and was arrested again Friday on 26 separate child porn charges.

After searching Washkewicz's home, investigators said they found crumbled paper in the toilet bowl of a bathroom across from his home office with web links to "jailbait" forums where people exchange images depicting child sex abuse, the Sheriff's Office said.

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According to investigators, a flash drive found under Washkewicz's desk contained 91,000 files, the majority of which were images and videos of child porn.

Some of the videos include toddlers, and at least one involved a dog, investigators said.

Washkewicz's warrant affidavit showed he was charged with 25 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child, and one count of possession of a sexual performance by a child with the intent to promote.

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According to the original arrest report, Washkewicz was arrested last Friday after he took a 12-year-old girl and her brother to the beach. Washkewicz was said to be a friend of the young girl's father.

St. Johns County deputies were told after the three returned from the beach to Washkewicz's home, he suggested the girl change clothes in his bathroom. The girl told police she found a cellphone propped up against a house plant, which she noticed was recording.

Once the 12-year-old returned home, she told her mother, who called the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies showed up at Washkewicz's home, they had to force their way inside where they found a smashed cellphone, a hard drive in the water tank of a toilet and a laptop with the hard drive torn out under a bathroom sink.

Washkewicz was noticeably distraught with his arms and legs shackled as he sat in a St. Johns County courtroom for his first appearance. He kept his head down for most of the appearance but briefly looked up at cameras in the courtroom.

There are now no trespassing signs posted on the front door of his St. Augustine home and in the front yard.

Many of his neighbors said he and his wife always seemed nice friendly and were good neighbors.

One neighbor said nothing surprises her anymore, adding that you just never know who people are behind closed doors.

At this time no future court date has been set in the case.

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