Marshall County fugitive wanted on child pornography charges arrested in Texas

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Matthew Harbin (Photo: U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement/Dept. of Homeland Security)

Matthew Harbin (Photo: U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement/Dept. of Homeland Security)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) says a Marshall County man wanted on a federal arrest warrant for child pornography charges has been caught in Texas.

Matthew C. Harbin, 29, of Arab, Alabama, was arrested Tuesday in Cameron County, Texas.  Agents say he was living there under a false identity.

The Brownsville Herald reports the local sheriff’s department seized four cell phones containing hundreds of images of child pornography.

A warrant for Harbin’s arrest was issued in June 2014. Homeland Security Investigators contacted the Arab Police Department then for help.

“We originally went out to the residence with Homeland Security on a search warrant to search for computers and things of that nature that may contain child pornography,” said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn.

At that time, investigators confiscated a cell phone and a laptop that contained child pornography and a warrant was issued.

“They asked us if we would go back out there with them to help them serve the warrants on the individual,” said Washburn. “Unfortunately when we got there, he had already left and we didn’t know where he was.”

Texas authorities said Harbin now sits in the Cameron County Detention Center facing even more possession of child pornography charges.

“That’s really good knowing that this predator is behind bars now,” said Washburn.

Harbin is a convicted felon.  He pleaded guilty in 2009 to state charges of transmitting obscene material to a minor.

Harbin faces extradition to Alabama following the conclusion of any criminal proceedings he may face for crimes committed in Texas.

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