PLAINVILLE - A local man facing child abuse and sexual assault charges is headed to trial.
Jacob Matthews, 21, of 10 Maple St., turned down multiple plea deal offers Thursday during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. His attorney, Matt Dyer, asked that the cases be transferred to New Britain Superior Court - where Bristol trials are held - and added to the trial list.
The terms of the plea bargains were not put on the record.
Matthews has been charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts each of risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault and one count each of fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree strangulation, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint, cruelty to persons, disorderly conduct and second-degree breach of peace.
Matthews was first arrested after an investigation started on Oct. 6, 2017, when police responded to a home in Plainville and spoke with a local mother. She 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. An examination by the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford found the injuries to be consistent with child abuse.
Matthews was then arrested again on April 7, 2017. Police said that case involved Matthews having a sexual relationship, which turned violent, with a 14-year-old girl. Police have not released further details, citing the nature of the case.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.