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Gainesville man to serve 3 years for sexual exploitation of children
Matthew Steven Stover
Matthew Steven Stover

A Gainesville man took a plea last week in Hall County Superior Court on a sexual exploitation of a child case, according to court documents.

Matthew Steven Stover, 36, was sentenced Sept. 19 to 15 years with the first 36 months in confinement. According to the sentencing paperwork, the court will consider house arrest after eight months on work release.

Defense attorney Jeff Talley declined to comment on the case’s disposition.

Stover was accused of having a piece of media “depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct” in May 2016, according to the indictment.

Stover was originally charged alongside another Gainesville man, who took a deal under the First Offender Act in July 2018.

The charge was amended to distribution of material depicting sexual content, and the sentence was 10 years with the first 12 months in confinement on work release.

A person sentenced under the First Offender Act will be considered exonerated if they fulfill all of the terms of the sentence.

Deputy Chad Mann previously told The Times the Hall County Sheriff’s Office conducted undercover investigations for the two men in May 2016 “resulting in search warrants of their homes and ultimately the arrest of both individuals.”

“In addition to their arrests, investigators seized items including multiple computers, monitors and electronic media storage devices,” Mann wrote in a news release.

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