Cape man faces three felony counts of child molestation

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Anthony M. Matyasovszkey, 38, of Cape Girardeau faces three felony counts of child molestation following an investigation by the Cape Girardeau and Jackson police departments.

The alleged incidents occurred during the summer of 2007 at Matyasovszkey's residence and were brought to the attention of authorities by a school counselor after the adolescent victim reported them.

The victim had visited Matyasovszkey's home frequently during August, where she told authorities during a forensic interview at the Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center in Doniphan, Mo., Matyasovszkey began "touching her inappropriately," according to a probable cause statement written and signed by Detective Darren Estes of the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

The alleged abuse occurred at Matyasovszkey's residence or whenever he would drive the child anywhere, the statement said.

Matyasovszkey voluntarily went with Estes to the Jackson Police Department and gave a statement in regard to the allegations, waiving his Miranda rights. During questioning, he admitted to abusing the victim on three occasions while she was staying at his residence, the statement said.

According to the probable-cause statement, Matyasovszkey told police he knew his actions were wrong but he continued anyway.

Tammy Gwaltney, director of the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, said the scenario is common; in fact, an overwhelming majority of sexual abuse cases involve a perpetrator who is known to the victim.

Gwaltney said less than 1 percent of the sexual abuse cases she's handled in 11 years involve an unknown perpetrator. For the past several years, the network has averaged about 600 cases each year.

Matyasovszkey was charged May 23 and is currently held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond with the condition that he have no contact with the victim if released.

If convicted of the charges, Matyasovszkey could face up to 45 years' imprisonment.

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