District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Thomas Crawfish Mathews, 35, of Miami, to 10 years in prison followed by 7 years of supervised release for attempted enticement of a minor. Mathews must also pay special assessments in the amount of $5,100. Upon release from confinement, Mathews will be required to register as a sex offender.
On March 6, 2018, Mathews pleaded guilty to one count of attempted enticement of a minor. On August 31, 2017, the Miami Police Department created a post on the “Whisper” application. “Whisper” is a social media application that can be downloaded on a phone and is commonly used to communicate with other users. The post identified the user as a minor. Mathews engaged in a lengthy text conversation with a person he believed to be 13 years of age and in the 8th grade. During the conversation, Mathews discussed his desires to have sexual relations with the person he believed to be 13.
United States Attorney Shores stated, “This defendant deserves every day of his 120 month sentence because of his reprehensible criminal acts. Child predators are a scourge upon society. We will protect children in northeastern Oklahoma from predators like Thomas Mathews. I commend the collaborative efforts of Homeland Security Investigations and the Miami Police Department to bring this defendant to justice.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
The charges are the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Miami Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffrey A. Gallant and Shannon B. Cozzoni handled the prosecution of this case.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Northern District of Oklahoma