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Child Porn Charges Filed Against Guthrie Sunday School Teacher

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A Baptist Sunday school teacher is facing four charges relating to child porn. Clyde Edward Matthews, 72, taught children at Seward Road Baptist Church in Guthrie. Matthews was out of jail Tuesday on a $100,000 bond.

On Tuesday, Matthews refused to talk with News 9 as he walked away from a TV news camera outside his north Edmond home.

"Our hearts are broken," senior pastor Rex Haymaker said. "We love Clyde. We love the family."

Church members are in complete shock, according to Haymaker. Matthews was a charter member of the church when it opened in 1980. The charges relating to child porn have prompted church officials to investigate the teacher's relationships with children.

"We have safe haven policies," explained Haymaker. "We do background checks. We've contacted our parents and visited with their children. Nothing of wrongdoing has been done at Seward Road Baptist Church."

Haymaker says he talked with Matthews Tuesday, officially ending his relationship with the church. District attorney investigators in northwest Oklahoma are the authorities who zeroed in on Matthews, according to a state law enforcement official. The investigation from the prosecutor's office allowed a task force to serve a warrant on Matthews' home, which is also the same location of his business -- Matthews Plumbing.

A judge has ordered Matthews to not have contact with children or have access to the Internet. Matthews' next court date is scheduled for late March.

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