PLAINVILLE - A local man facing child abuse and sexual assault charges is pondering a plea deal.
Jacob Matthews, 21, of 10 Maple St., was granted one more continuance on Thursday to decide if he wants to accept a plea bargain offered by state prosecutors. During the hearing, his attorney, Matthew Dyer, asked that his case be marked down for an “accept or reject” hearing.
Matthews is due back in court on April 12. Should he not take the plea deal that’s on the table on that date, he could request a judicial pretrial hearing - where a judge would offer his own plea bargain- or go to trial.
During Thursday’s hearing, Matthews was also granted a modification to his curfew, as he is supposed to soon begin a new job.
Matthews, who is free on $300,000 bond, was first arrested on Oct. 18, 2016, on charges of cruelty to persons, risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. That investigation started on Oct. 6, 2016, when a woman told police she believed Matthews, her then-live-in boyfriend, was abusing her 2-year-old son. Matthews, who is not the father of the child, was allegedly responsible for a number of injuries to the boy, police said. The boy had bruising to his face, head, hips and genitalia, according to police.
Matthews was then arrested again on April 7 on three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count each of fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree strangulation, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.
The charges stem from an incident on March 26 in Plainville, according to court documents. According to police, Matthews had a sexual relationship, which turned violent, with a 14-year-old girl.
Matthews has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.