Falls City radio announcer jailed on child porn charges

By Jason Schock
Falls City KTNC Radio 1230 AM radio news and high school sports broadcaster Matthew Leaf, 41, was arrested at the radio station at 1620 Stone St. at around noon Thursday and jailed on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

Investigators with the Nebraska Dept. of Justice, Office of the Attorney General’s Office, along with members of the FC Police Dept., earlier Thursday served a search warrant at Leaf’s 1702 Fulton St. apartment, seizing a computer that allegedly contained graphic pornographic videos depicting juvenile males as young as eight years old.

When confronted at the radio station, Leaf invoked his Miranda Rights and was placed under arrest by Jamie Baker of the FCPD, charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, a Class III Felony, and taken to jail, where he remained as of Friday evening. Class III Felonies in Nebraska carry sentences of 1 to 20 years in prison or a fine of up to $25,000, or both.

The arrest came almost exactly one year to the day after the investigation by Kerry Crosby of the Attorney General’s Office began.

Leaf has worked at KTNC for approximately five years. He grew up in Essex, IA, and attended Dana College in Blair, NE.

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