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Consequence: Deputy takes own life after child porn charge



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November 03, 2010
LAPEER COUNTY — A Lapeer County Sheriff's Deputy took his life Thursday, Oct. 28, just hours after he had been arraigned for possession of child pornography on his computer hard drive.

Undersheriff Bob Rapson reported Friday that Deputy Matt Snay, 30, died at around 6:20 p.m., shortly after his arraignment by Federal Magistrate Michael Hluchaniuk.

The official charges followed about a month-long investigation involving the Flint office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Lapeer County Sheriff's Office. Snay had been released on a $10,000 bond.

Rapson noted that the Sheriff's Department had cooperated and assisted with the investigation, adding that Snay had been placed on unpaid administrative suspension and disciplinary action was pending.

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"We are deeply disappointed by the charges brought against Deputy Snay and the fact he may have violated the public trust as a law enforcement official," Rapson said. "On behalf of the Department, I want to offer our deepest sympathy to all those impacted by Deputy Snay's decision. The man we knew as a friend and colleague will be missed.

"His tragic decision apparently was the result of another side of his life," Rapson continued. "A side of his life that neither we, nor anyone else, were aware of.

"Unfortunately, there is no way to know what is happening inside any individual at such a deeply personal level, and sadly, no way to prevent the consequences."

While a student at North Branch High School, Snay was an Explorer with the Sheriff's Department. After graduating from high school in 1999, he attended Ferris State University. He later became a reserve officer and attended the police academy.

Snay served as a law enforcement officer with another agency, before returning to the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department in 2005.

In addition to his service as a deputy, Snay served the community in other capacities and was a non-academic coach at North Branch Schools. He was not married and had no children.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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