Man who Committed Suicide Pleaded Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography
Matthew Kerns, who committed suicide Feb. 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography in December.
A man who pleaded guilty to recieving of child pornography killed himself Friday afternoon during a visit from court officers.
The Maryland Heights Police Department said in a press release dated Feb. 25 that court officers were with the man when he fled to the basement. Officers heard a single gunshot, according to the release, and immediately called 911.
The incident happened at a home on Galaxy Court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the man who shot himself was Matthew Kerns, who pleaded guilty in December to two counts of receiving child pornography.
A quick search through Pacer.gov shows the original warrant for Kerns was issued on Aug. 4, 2010 for four counts of receiving child pornography. Authorities arrested him on Aug. 9, 2010.
Kerns entered his guilty plea Dec. 6.