Matheson is also pictured working at the 4th of July Beer Garden in a 2009 Chamber of Commerce "weekly update." Click here.
According to an article on the Sierra Madre Weekly.com website, Matheson was "well-known in the community," and "a regular at many social events in Sierra Madre." Certainly he traveled in the same circles as many establishment figures in town. But those days are likely over now. Here is how the Canadian newspaper The Chronicle Herald (click here) describes this child pornography devotee's denouement.
U.S. man, 66, jailed for having child porn on laptop - A California man caught at a Halifax airport with an assortment of child pornography on his laptop computer has been sentenced to 108 days in jail.
Robert William Matheson, 66, of Sierra Madre pleaded guilty Tuesday in Dartmouth provincial court to possessing and smuggling child pornography.
A search of the laptop turned up 2,500 photographs and 280 video clips of teenage boys either standing naked or engaged in sex acts with other boys.
The computer also contained 10 written stories about sexual activities between a 10-year-old boy and his uncles, grandfather and father, and between the boy and other men such as priests and schoolteachers.
"These stories were disturbing because they went a great deal beyond the line of describing sexual relations with children," provincial Crown attorney Craig Botteril said.
His home in Sierra Madre, where he operates a property management company and belongs to the local chamber of commerce, is worth about $1 million.
As the parent of two boys of roughly that age I find Matheson's perversion to be about as vile as can be imagined. That this wretch was sucking down wine with the local nobs at such Sierra Madre functions as the "Citizen of the Year" awards ceremony is beyond infuriating as well. How is it that Matheson not only picked Sierra Madre, but became so integral a part of its society life?
The Sierra Madre Weekly would certainly have been aware of the "well-known" Bob Matheson. Especially during our recent City Council elections when he wrote in on several occasions to express his support for Joe Mosca, Josh Moran and Nancy Walsh, along with the concept of a "New Civility," which was a key catchphrase of their campaigns. The notion being that they and their supporters were nice people, and the those running against them were not. Something that might seem odd today after seeing these self-styled new civility people in action at our City Council meetings.
Here are two of the Matheson/Sierra Madre Weekly letters on the topic of our recent elections.
RE: MacGillivray Slams Gavel On Mosca
Sierra Madre Weekly March 25
Hats off to Terry Miller for so accurately describing our town's Bully Pulpit! Two generations ago, "bully" was an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. Now it describes some of our elected officials. they're arrogant bullies on the pulpit that is our City Council! Remember when elected officials served as "humble servants" of their constituents? Well, there's nothing humble about the outrageous behavior exhibited in Council chambers by certain, seated members. Watch some of the meetings!! It's not difficult to identify the culprits, their demeanor is as embarrassing as it is inappropriate.
Now we have a clear choice in Sierra Madre, and a chance to clear the air the foul behavior (sic) that has tainted the civility of our City Council. Voters can reject others of this ilk and elect three candidates who, I know, will put responsibility before rhetoric and character before character assassination. I'm voting for Moran, Mosca and Walsh. Thank you all for running and giving us a chance to save Sierra Madre.
Robert Matheson, Sierra Madre
RE: Crawford Camp Crumbles in Favor of New "Civility"
Sierra Madre Weekly April 19
I mailed in my absentee ballot before flying out of town, and appreciate the City of Sierra Madre. sierramadreweekly.com, and other local media, for enabling me to stay in touch with this pivotal election on line. I really regret being away and missing the joy of celebrating the outcome with the like-minded majority.
I'm very proud of the dignified campaigns that the victors ran. I wouldn't call the wide margin of the final numbers a "landslide," but like the human immune system attacking bacteria, viruses, and other parasites, Sierra Madre voters went to the polls and decisively tossed the invading Contrarians out with the trash. The election was, in every sense, a mudslide. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and get back to being the treasure of Sierra Madre.
Bob Matheson, Sierra Madre
There is another Matheson/Sierra Madre Weekly letter that I will post here today. It doesn't discuss the 2010 election, rather it deals with that year's Sierra Madre 4th of July parade. In this letter much of Matheson's concern is with children's enjoyment at the the parade. On the Sierramadreweekly.com website it is accompanied by a large picture of small boys in bathing suits.
RE: Water Takes Center Stage at Sierra Madre's Annual Parade
Sierra Madre Weekly July 6
Sierra Madre put it's best foot and fire hose forward again this year as our townsfolk celebrated the birth of our country in grand, Sierra Madre All-American fashion. The parade, the jazz band and activities for the kids in the park, and of course the Beer Garden, are the traditional 4th of July treasures of Sierra Madre. Kudos to the always fabulous Fourth of July Committee, headed now by Matt Bosse, for pulling everything together. It's a time and place that we all keep coming back to, year after year ... a celebration that singularly embodies the "Spirit of Sierra Madre." It's why we enjoy living here!
Amidst all this great fun and success is there the risk of criticism? I saw a Fire Department engine occasionally stop and, very judiciously, spray a narrow pattern of water directly ahead. Common sense called for the water spray! The kids had a thrill they'll cherish for their lifetime. I can't imagine anyone being critical of doing the right thing!
Bob Matheson, Sierra Madre
Once Matheson serves out his prison sentence in Canada he will be expelled from that country and sent back here. I wonder how many of his old friends will welcome him back, or even acknowledge that they ever even knew him?
Who knows, maybe he could write about his recent experiences for the Sierra Madre Weekly.
http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com ....................... (Picture Credit: Terry Miller)