Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Timothy Mattern - Repeat Sex Offender - Following same pattern

A former Clark County educator, convicted of sex crimes against a student, is in trouble with the law again.

Timothy Mattern is accused of inappropriately contacting an underage girl 146 times in four days.
Mattern was convicted of sexual battery against a student eight years ago, and now authorities believe that he was traveling down a similar path with another young girl.

Phyllis Locke of Clark County said, “I’m appalled that we have someone in this community that continues to mess with our children.”
Parents in Clark County are angered to learn that Mattern, a Tier II sex offender, is accused of inappropriate contact with another young girl.
Mattern, a former counselor and coach, was convicted in 2001 of sexual battery against a student at Shawnee High School. He served three years in jail and was forced to register as a sex offender.

In August, parents of another young girl got a protection order against Mattern, claiming that he was in an inappropriate relationship with their daughter.

Sheriff Gene Kelly said, “He continued to violate that order and in a period of five days he made more than 140 calls and texts to this female child.”
Prosecutors charged Mattern with five counts of violating a protection order, each day that he contacted her.
Sheriff Kelly said Mattern met the girl at different school and church functions. He said his office is especially concerned because the case is looking a lot like the first one.

“He’s following the same pattern as the previous conviction. So we are trying to keep this man away from the child,” Kelly said.
Parents like Locke said this incident proves how adults have to take an active role in their children’s lives.

Locke said, “You have to step up and be in school and know who your kids are around."

Kelly said the investigation is still open and very active. Depending on what detectives learn about the relationship between Mattern and the juvenile, more charges could be filed.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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