Veteran CMPD officer accused of sex crimes with a minor

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has arrested one of its own on multiple charges including felony first-degree sex offense. 

CMPD Officer Matthew Porter, 54, will be charged with eight counts of first-degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties. He will be held at the Mecklenburg County jail.

The young woman, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. She told police with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013.

The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, and would have been between 9 and 12 years old. 

On Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives interviewed the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina. Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.

Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty.

Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:

“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”