UPDATE: New information on William Matthew Carter names him as a now-fired English instructor at Auburn University. Carter had been arrested in Virginia for child pornography charges.
John Goad, a police spokesman, told the Associated Press “he’s unsure why Carter was in Virginia.”
Carter was fired the same day as his arrest. In his now-deleted faculty profile, he was described as “a longtime resident of Roanoke, Virginia.”
Auburn University issued a statement on Carter following his arrest.
“William Matthew Carter’s employment with Auburn University ended on May 10. Any further questions should be directed to either the Auburn Police Department or the Blacksburg, Virginia, Police Department.”
ORIGINAL STORY: On Friday, police in Blacksburg, Va. arrested William Matthew Carter of Auburn, Ala. for possessing child pornography, say police.
Officers of the Auburn Police Department were contacted by investigators from Blacksburg, Va. “in reference to William Matthew Carter, age 52, from Auburn being arrested for possession of Child Pornography within their jurisdiction,” according to APD.
Acting on the information provided by the Blacksburg police, Auburn officers executed “a search of Carter’s residence in Auburn, resulting in the discovery of various electronic devices containing images of child pornography.” Images collected from this investigation confirm that some children were “not from the Auburn area,” say police.
As a result of the investigation, “Auburn Detectives obtained five additional felony warrants charging Carter with Possession of Child Pornography,” according to APD.
The outstanding warrants were then entered into NCIC and law enforcement authoritis in Virginia were notified. On May 10 at 9:00 p.m., police say “Carter was located at a residence and taken into custody by the Montgomery County Virginia Sheriff’s Office.” The investigation is ongoing and may lead to more charges as Auburn Police work to have Carter extradited back to Alabama.
Carter will be eligible for a $50,000 bond once he is back in custody in Lee County.