An Eau Claire man is accused of possessing child pornography.

Matthew G. Smith, 33, 2054 Glenwood Ave., is charged in Eau Claire County Court with three felony counts of possession of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint:

Eau Claire police were notified Feb. 28 that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children discovered at least five images of child sexual abuse material were uploaded to an account affiliated with Smith.

An officer viewed three of the images that involved young girls.

Authorities on Monday executed a search warrant at Smith's residence, who admitted he owned the account in question.

Smith said the type of pornography that was on the account involved females between the ages of 16 and 25.

Smith admitted this was the age range he was most interested in sexually.

If convicted of the charges, Smith could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com