‘I can’t believe I threw my life away’: Court documents detail child pornography charge against local radio DJ
MADISON, Wis. — A local radio personality arrested for possessing child pornography viewed the images on a social media site, according to a criminal complaint filed on Friday in Dane County Circuit Court.
Matthew Bradshaw Jones, who goes by Jackson Jones on Q106.3, appeared for an initial hearing Friday afternoon.
Jones, 40, was arrested at his Mount Horeb home on Wednesday following a child pornography investigation.
He told detectives he used the sites Tumblr and Wickr for “sex chats and fantasies” and would pretend to be other people while online. Jones said he would often like or re-share a variety of images on the site, the complaint said. Jones also told detectives he never sent any illegal images, because he “never wanted to take that chance.”
Jones admitted to receiving nude images of underage girls from other Tumblr users. He told detectives one user sent him 10 images over the course of two months. The images typically featured school-aged girls.
“I’m so f—— stupid. I can’t believe I threw my whole life away for this to have an orgasm,” Jones said as listed in the complaint.
His attorney argued that Jones did not ask for these images during Friday’s initial hearing.
“All of it is talk. It’s fantasy chat,” said Attorney Mark Eisenburg who is defending Jones in this case. “I suspect all that was put into the complaint for a couple of reasons. One, to grandstand because of who Mr. Jones is and two, to try to convince you that this is worse than it is.”
Detectives also asked Jones about conversations he had about selling a child as a “sex slave” to someone on Tumblr. Jones talked to this person for nearly two weeks in September. Jones admitted to sharing images of two children with this user, but said the children were clothed in the complaint.
“It was just stupid taboo talk, that’s all that ever was,” Jones said as mentioned in the complaint.
Jones said he only took part in these types of chats in order to reach sexual pleasure. He told detectives he had been participating in sexual fantasy chats for over a year.
“Oh, I know how these things go. I messed up. I made a mistake and this is the punishment. I deserve it,” Jones told detectives.
Jones said he started out by scrolling through GIFs and came across images of girls in bikinis, which led him to Tumblr and Wickr. He also admitted to having multiple accounts on the sites and had delete them in the past.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the Mount Horeb Police Department in December about a child pornography possession in the village. Officers executed a search warrant at Jones’ home on Wednesday. They also took several electronic devices into custody during this time.
A court commissioner ordered a signature bond for Jones on Friday, under the condition he does not contact his children or any other minors. The court also ordered Jones stay off the internet.
More charges are possible in this case. Jones is expected to return to court in April.
Jones was not listed on the radio station’s website as of Thursday morning. News 3 Now has reached out to Q106.3 multiple times for comment.
The Facebook and Twitter accounts for Q106 were not active Thursday morning and remain that way as of Friday afternoon.
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