Web predator convicted of molesting girls in case that began in Elbert County

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An Aurora man was convicted in an Arapahoe County court for several counts of sexual assault on a child in a case launched by Elbert County social services.

Matthew George, 32, was convicted April 26 in a case that involved a 14-year-old Aurora girl and a 12-year-old Centennial girl, according to the office of 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

According to the district attorney’s office, George began interacting with the victims in the spring of 2011 on social media websites, including IMVU.com and Mocospace. On the IMVU.com site, one of the victims created an avatar, which she used to communicate with George.

In the initial case, George arranged meetings and had sex with the victim in her home multiple times. In the case of the second victim, George met her at a cemetery and drove her to an elementary school, where he had sexual contact with her.

His crimes were discovered during an investigation by Elbert County social services, Brauchler says. Brauchler has established a special victims unit to investigate similar crimes.

“My job is to help protect the most vulnerable members of our community, including our sons and daughters, from those who would target them for molestation. They must be removed from our community,” Brauchler said. “In this particular case, Matthew George’s perverse plan to lure and then rape children in these places that were supposed to be safe havens is one of the most disturbing patterns of abuse I have encountered in a criminal case.”

George was convicted of three counts of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, two counts of sexual assault on a child and two counts of enticement.

Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. July 1 before Judge Kurt Horton in Division 204. George faces up to four years to life in prison.

 

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