Dundalk man gets 48 years for sexual assault of girlfriend's child

Ralph Matthews Jr., 50, sentenced in Harford County

must register for life as sex offender

May 25, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A Dundalk man who prosecutors say sexually abused his girlfriend's daughter for about nine years has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

Ralph Matthews Jr., 50, who had been living with the girl and her mother in Aberdeen, was found guilty in February of child abuse and sex offenses against the child beginning in 2000, when she was 5 years old, and continuing until she was 14. The girl, now 15, disclosed the abuse last year, after her mother and the defendant separated.

In pronouncing sentence on Tuesday, Judge Stephen M. Waldron of Harford County Circuit Court said the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Charges are pending against Matthews in Baltimore County in connection with the same victim because she continued to be abused after her family moved there, according to the Harford County state's attorney, Joe Cassilly, in a statement released by his office on Wednesday.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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