Newark Child Pornography Producer Gets 27 Years In Prison

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Buel Mutter, a 55-year-old Newark man who pleaded guilty in February to Attempted Rape First Degree, Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and Possession of Child Pornography, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

An investigation by the New Castle County Police Department in March of 2018 uncovered over 200,000 child exploitation files on Mutter’s digital devices, including images and videos of sexual abuse produced by the defendant.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Mutter to 27 years in prison, followed by 2 years of probation. He must also register as a Tier 3 sex offender. The Child Predator Task Force, with the assistance of DOJ Social Worker Claudia Melton, prosecuted the case which was investigated by New Castle County Police Detectives Jonathan Adams and Darryl Santry.

Mutter being taken into custody / Photo submitted by neighbor

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Newark – New Castle County Police have arrested 53-year-old Buel Mutter for allegedly dealing in child pornography, according to New Castle County Police Spokeswoman M/Cpl. Heather Carter.

Carter said earlier this year, detectives from the New Castle County Police Family Services Unit received information that Buel Mutter possessed child pornography on his home computer located in the 600 block of Manfield Drive.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the contents of Mutter’s computer. During the search, detectives allegedly located 25 images related to child pornography, according to Carter.

Buel Mutter was taken into custody by detectives yesterday (March 23), without incident. He was charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute for failing to post $1.25 million cash bond.

Residence in the neighborhood reported that County Police were at the house on March 9th and again on March 23, 2018. One resident saying “they were there all day and took computers, along with bags marked evidence out of the house”, referring to the police.

Buel Mutter / New Castle County Police

Another neighbor said Mutter was a member of the Scottfield Civic Association but stepped down last year.

Police are asking anyone with any additional information as to the identity of any additional victims to please contact New Castle County Police by dialing (302) 573-2800.

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Police searching Mutter's home

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