Roger Dean Matice: River Oaks Man Latest Prominent Houstonian Caught in Child Porn Dragnet

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Roger Dean Matice: Could be looking at 20 years in a place where the kitchens are granite-free.
A 70-year-old River Oaks custom kitchen and bathroom designer was caught possessing and promoting child pornography, according to Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Roger Dean Matice was taken into custody Friday and is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promoting same. Police say he transmitted at least one image to another party. Each of the possession charges is a third-degree felony punishable by up to ten years in prison; the promotion charge is a felony of the second degree and could net Matice 20 years should he be convicted. This is his first-ever arrest, according to public records.

Since 1994, Matice has owned Urban Designer Kitchens and Baths, a high-end firm now on Timmons Lane, where it recently relocated from Richmond in Greenway. Their slogan is "We turn kitchens into living rooms," and from the looks of their Web site, they do so with heaps of granite, polished marble and scrubbed stone.

Before going into the remodeling business, Matice co-owned Cyrano's Coffee Roastery and Cafe adjacent to the Black Labrador Pub on Montrose Boulevard.

After paying $50,000 bail and spending the weekend behind bars, Matice was released from jail yesterday. Matice has not yet hired an attorney.

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