ALBANY — A Schenectady sex offender with three prior convictions involving boys faces a potentially lengthy stint in federal prison after his arrest this week in an online sex sting.
Matthew Peters, 45, was charged Wednesday with attempting to entice or coerce a child, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI reported.
Federal authorities allege that:
- Between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7, Peters initiated an exchange of sexually explicit text messages with an undercover police officer posing as a 14-year-old child named Brandon on a popular online social networking site.
- Peters repeatedly asked “Brandon” to send him nude photos and to meet him.
- Peters discussed engaging in sex and, on Oct. 6, arranged a meeting in Menands the following day.
- When Peters arrived at the agreed-upon rendezvous point, he was met by law enforcement officers and arrested.
Based on his status as a convicted sex offender, Peters could face as much as 30 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as a term of supervised release lasting as much as the rest of his life.
Peters has gone to prison twice before for sex offenses.
In 2000 he pleaded guilty to sodomy for having sex with a 13-year-old Rensselaer County boy he met in 1999 through an internet chat room. He also pleaded guilty in 2000 to sodomizing a 12-year-old Colonie boy, whom he’d also met through an online chat room in 1999.
Peters worked as an aide at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam at the time of his arrest in those cases. He was a soccer coach at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in 1998 and 1999 and also had been a Little League coach in Schenectady for a number of years. Prosecutors at the time said they didn’t think he had had any sexual contact with Draper students or the young athletes he coached.
In 2012, Peters was convicted of a criminal sexual act and disseminating indecent materials to a minor in the Orange County town of Montgomery. The Times Herald-Record reported that in 2011, he gave sexually explicit material to a 16-year-old boy and arranged to meet him in Orange County for sexual encounters. The state Sex Offender Database indicates he used a computer in that crime as well.
In February 2018, Peters was arrested by Schenectady police on four counts of failure to register as a sex offender.
A state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision database indicates he went back to prison from June 2018 to September 2019.