Veteran Police Officer Arrested, Charged w/ Recording Young Girl in His Bathroom

Veteran Police Officer Arrested, Charged w/ Recording Young Girl in His Bathroom
Former Pearland PD officer arrested on invasive recording charge.

Another veteran police officer decided it was ok for him to record a young girl naked in his own bathroom. Just like the Ohio state trooper arrested this week for the same thing, the 52-year-old Texas cop secretly recorded a girl in the nude in his bathroom. Jon Matherne denies placing the hidden camera in his bathroom for the purpose of peeping on the girl but he did admit to capturing the images.

Veteran Police Officer Arrested, Charged w/ Recording Young Girl in His Bathroom
52-year-old Jon Matherne

Maybe it’s the stress of the job or maybe it’s the stigma that cops were once lames in high school but more and more officers are turning over a creep leaf.

Matherne had been employed with the city of Pearland since 1996. He served the city of Pearland for over a decade and at one point, served as the president of the Texas Crime Prevention Association. In 2005, the Citizen Academy newsletter stated Matherne did a sexual predator presentation at the Pearland Police Department (PPD).

On August 22, Pearland police were notified that Jon Matherne was accused of committing an act of invasive visual recording. Under state law that is a felony. Matherne resigned from the PPD the following day. When confronted by his brothers in blue about the allegations, Matherne took full responsibility for what happened. He said that he ordered the camera in 2017 for an alternative purpose. The camera did end up however, recording naked images of the girl in the bathroom used primarily by underaged girls.

A family member confronted Matherne about the camera. He admitted to placing the hidden camera in the bathroom. That family member turned around and told police about the actions of the veteran police officer.

Matherne was arrested Sept. 5 and charged with invasive recording. He was booked into Brazoria County Jail before being released on $3,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation. Initial reports do not indicate how the hidden camera was discovered or how Matherne is related to the young girl. Also not mentioned is how long has the veteran police officer been peeping on the girl and if there are other victims.

After 22-plus years on the force, when did Matherne go wrong and become a creep or has he always been a creep?

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