Missouri man who threatened to kill tech CEO busted for child porn

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A Missouri man who threatened to kill tech CEOs was busted for child porn and had a “child-like sex doll” in his bedroom closet, authorities said.

Matthew Bryan Thilges, 56, of Jefferson County, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in US District Court in St. Louis to charges of attempted production of child porn and receipt of child porn, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

An investigation into Thilges started in July when he began threatening the lives of tech workers in YouTube comments, according to an FBI affidavit in the case.

Thilges said he wanted to “stick a sword right through” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and also targeted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying he “must die,” FBI Special Agent Kyle Storm wrote in the affidavit.

Thilges also used email addresses directly disparaging Twitter and Google, including “jackisaterrorist” and guugleisfascistpig,” charging document show.

Thilges then turned his ire to Democrats, government workers and law enforcement by October, writing that people are “obligated” to shoot officers who show up at their door without a warrant while trying to “kidnap” them, authorities said.

“No more talk,” Thilges allegedly wrote on Oct. 4. “Just shoot to kill. Anywhere and everywhere. I am a staunch vehement conservative libertarian and I have absolutely had enough of government thugs and government bureaucrats.”

Two days later, Thilges wrote “Democrat children are easier to shoot than democrat ‘parents,’” according to the affidavit, which doesn’t specify a possible motive for the threats.

It’s also unclear if some of the comments were sent via email, were posted online or both, according to the report.

Prosecutors said FBI agents then raided Thilges’ mobile home near House Springs in late October “due to the escalating nature of the threats” and found a nearly 4-foot-tall “child-like sex doll” in a closet, as well as photos of a partially clothed girl on his cellphone, an affidavit shows.

Evidence also showed that Thilges’ had deleted thousands of images of child porn from his computer, where one image remained, Storm said.

Thilges, who was charged in federal court on Oct. 23, was ordered held in jail by a judge until his trial due to the seriousness of the threats and his lack of stable employment. His attorney did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday, the Post-Dispatch reported.

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