Steele is charged with PC 311.11 a
The Humboldt County DA has charged him with a felony.
Steele's bail was set at $200,000 and he is out of custody. He was arraigned on February 15 and plead not guilty.
On January 11, I posted on the details from the Ramey warrant, link below. The Ramey warrant listed approximately 500 images. The warrant listed HSU as his business address.
I contacted HSU to see if he is still employed there. According to HR, "Matthew Aaron Steele was employed at HSU through 1/19/2017. He was working with the Sponsored Programs Foundation, an auxiliary of HSU."
"311.11. (a) Every person who knowingly possesses or controls any matter, of representation of information, data, or image, including, but not limited to, any film, filmstrip, photograph, negative, slide, photocopy, videotape, video laser disc, computer hardware, computer software, computer floppy disc, data storage media, CD-ROM, or computer-generated equipment or any other computer-generated image that contains or incorporates in any manner, any film or filmstrip, the production of which involves the use of a person under 18 years of age, knowing that the matter depicts a person under 18 years of age personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 311.4, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or a county jail for up to one year, or by a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by both the fine and imprisonment."
From Takajian and Sitkoff, LLP:
PC 311.11(a) Punishment And Consequences
Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Schafer is prosecuting the case. Mr. Michael Robinson has been hired by Steele to represent him.