Matthew Bryan Thilges

Matthew Bryan Thilges

Matthew Bryan Thilges, 57, of House Springs pleaded not guilty Nov. 17 to federal child pornography charges after FBI agents raided his mobile home and allegedly found him with child porn and a child-size sex doll.

The agents raided Thilges’ home after he allegedly made escalating threats against social media employees, Democrats, police and others in YouTube video comments, according to court documents.

Thilges was charged Oct. 23 in the U.S. Eastern District of Missouri Court with two counts of attempted production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography. He was indicted on the charges Nov. 5, court documents show.

A judge ordered Thilges be held in jail until his trial, in part because of the threats he allegedly made, his lack of stable employment and the long prison term he faces if convicted. Each charge carries a penalty of five years to life in prison and a possible fine of $250,000, court documents said.

Brocca L. Morrison, who is listed as Thilges’ attorney, did not return a phone call for comment.

Special Agent Kyle Storm wrote in an affidavit accompanying the charges that the FBI began monitoring Thilges in July after he was linked to comments on YouTube videos, allegedly saying he wanted to kill Google and YouTube employees.

In one comment, he reportedly said, “I would love to stick a sword right through” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. He also allegedly said Twitter Jack Dorsey “must die,” according to the affidavit.

On July 8, Thilges allegedly wrote, “I do need violence. I need to kill alphabet/google/youtube employees NOW!” the affidavit said.

Thilges also made threats against Democrats, allegedly writing on July 13, “Kill ALL democrats. Start at alphabet/google/youtube. KILL THEM ALL !!!!!” according to the report.

On Aug. 15, he allegedly wrote, “Make the world a better place, shoot a democrat in the face. Start with every employee of twitter, google, facebook, youtube and the main stream media. America thanks you,” the affidavit said.

Thilges alleged threats increased in October, Storm wrote.

On Oct. 1, Thilges allegedly wrote, “If a cop, ANY cop, shows up at your door WITHOUT a warrant and attempts to KIDNAP you or any member of your family, you are not only entitled to shoot it in the face, you are OBLIGATED to do so as an American Citizen.”

Three days later he allegedly wrote, “No more talk. Just shoot. Shoot to kill. Anywhere and everywhere. I am a staunch vehement conservative libertarian and I have absolutely had enough of the government thugs and government bureaucrats. They ALL need to DIE right along with blm, antifa and EVERY member of the communist democrat party of America.”

On Oct. 6, Thilges allegedly wrote, “democrat children are easier to shoot than democrat ‘parents.’ They’re not as fast.”

The next day he allegedly wrote, “If government employees murdered your business, you have the right to murder the government employees. Call me, I will help you do that.”

Thilges also made comments about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who had been targeted by militia members for her attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. On Oct. 13, Thilges allegedly wrote, “Every single law abiding, tax paying citizen of the state of Michigan now has the legal right to shoot whitmer on sight without hesitation. The charge is treason, verdict is GUILTY.”

Storm did not say why Thilges made the comments.

On Oct. 21, FBI agents and task force officers obtained a search warrant for Thilges’ mobile home on Shawn Drive near House Springs.

During the search, agents allegedly found eight assault rifles; a handgun; two loaded 100-round drum magazines; a tactical vest with three loaded pistol magazines, four loaded rifle magazines, and additional pistol magazines, assault rifle magazines and ammunition, according to the report.

The search also reportedly uncovered a nearly 4-foot tall child-like sex doll in a bedroom closet and photographs of a partially clothed girl on Thilges’ phone. A search of his computer allegedly revealed thousands of images of child pornography that had been deleted but still stored in the computer’s unallocated space. There also reportedly was one child porn image stored on his computer, Storm wrote.

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