Over 100 child pornography images found on computer at gas station; worker jailed

Matthew Ashley Wilson (Madison County Jail photo)

A Huntsville gas station employee is jailed after a manager found more than 100 images of child pornography on a computer at the convenience store, police said.

Matthew Ashley Wilson, 38, is charged with possession of child pornography, Madison County Jail records show. Wilson was arrested Wednesday at the culmination of a joint investigation by the Huntsville Department and management for the Marathon gas station, authorities said. Wilson no longer works at the station on Holmes Avenue at Jordan Lane, said J Spencer, CEO of Spencer Oil Companies, which owns the business.

Huntsville police Lt. Michael Johnson said the case began with an internal investigation by the station’s management in early January.

“A district manager did computer inventory and a folder with the child pornography popped up,” Johnson said.

After working an internal investigation to identify suspects, the company contacted HPD. The computer was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for analysis, as police continued probing the case, Johnson said. Once police identified Wilson as a suspect and confirmed the computer held child pornography, investigators went to the gas station to confront him.

Johnson said investigators took Wilson from the store to the Child Advocacy Center for an interview on Wednesday. Wilson denied knowing anything about the images, Johnson said. He was arrested on a warrant.

Spencer said his company has cooperated fully with police and assisted with the investigation.

“Once we realized there was a problem, we turned it over to the police as quickly as possible,” Spencer told AL.com. “This is certainly not something we’d want to happen in our store or anywhere else. It’s a terrible thing.”

Updated at 5:38 p.m. with comments from Spencer Oil Companies CEO J Spencer.


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