SLO man allegedly molested his ex-girlfriend’s daughter

September 28, 2016
Matthew Roland Betts

Matthew Roland Betts

A man accused of sexually abusing the 10-year-old daughter of San Luis Obispo woman he was dating, recently sent a text message to the now-14-year-old girl telling her she was still a virgin. [Tribune]

Matthew Roland Betts, 44, allegedly molested the then-10-year-old girl over a period of about a year, ending in 2013. Earlier this year, Betts was allegedly caught molesting the daughter of a man with whom he was said to be friends.

Betts was arrested in March following the recent incident, and he was arrested again in June after police interviewed the first victim. Betts currently faces three felony charges of sexual penetration of a victim under 10 years old and six felony counts each of lewd acts with a child under 14 and lewd acts with force.

On Tuesday, San Luis Obispo police detective Suzie Aanerud testified during a preliminary hearing in the molestation case. Aanerud said she interviewed both of the alleged victims.

In 2008, Betts began dating the mother of the first victim, Aanerud testified. The girl’s father died in 2012, and following his death, Betts began baby-sitting her.

While baby-sitting, Betts entered the girl’s bedroom when her siblings were not there. Betts penetrated the girl’s vagina with his finger and made her touch his erect penis inside and outside of his clothing, Aanerud testified. The abuse stopped when the mother’s relationship with Betts ended in 2013.

Betts also allegedly sent “creepy” messages to the girl on social media which contained short clips of music videos. One of the messages included a Justin Beiber video with the lyrics, “You could be my girlfriend.”

Recently, Aanerud directed the girl to send a message to Betts asking if she was still a virgin after what he had done to her. Betts replied with a text message saying she was still a virgin and that he was willing to talk to her about it if she wanted.

The second victim was 8 years old when Betts molested her at her home in March, Aanerud said. Betts was performing contractor work at the home, Aanerud testified. Police have previously said Betts was a family friend.

While at the home, Betts was sitting on the couch watching one of the Republican primary debates. The 8-year-old girl was also sitting on the couch, and the family’s dog was sitting between Betts and the girl.

Betts began petting the dog and then started touching the girl’s thigh and crotch. The girl repeatedly moved Betts’ hand back onto the dog, but he kept touching her.

The girl’s father had been in the room, but he stepped out and was not there when Betts started touching his daughter. The father then returned and witnessed the abuse, Aanerud testified.

After sending his daughter to another room, the man kicked Betts out of the house. The family alerted authorities and officers arrested Betts.

On Tuesday, Betts’ attorney, Jeffrey Radding, filed a motion challenging at least two of the lewd act charges. Radding argued those charges should be dismissed because there is no evidence Betts used force.

The preliminary hearing will resume on Thursday. Judge John Trice is expected to rule on Radding’s motion, and he will also hear a motion from the state attorney general’s office, which is seeking to suspend Betts’ contractor’s license.


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10 Comments

  1. demiseofslo says:

    I don’t know why it was taken down, but i believe, and i don’t think I stand alone on this, but people like this should get sent to general population in jail. Let them serve their time fairly like everyone else. No special treatment. You did the crime now its time to receive the consequences. If sickos like this knew they would get thrown in with all the other criminals and not get segregated, maybe just one of them would think twice and we would have one less child molester on the tax payer’s bill.

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    • Moderator says:

      We don’t publish murder fantasy’s like “not get segregated,” “and we would have one less child molester”.
      If you write a wonderful comment of 100 words but end it with, kill him or get a rope etc whole comment goes (we don’t edit).
      Feel free to post what you said, without the killing a human part.

      Future violent fantasy’s will be deleted without comment.

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  2. sloslo says:

    “While at the home, Betts was sitting on the couch watching one of the Republican primary debates.”

    Surprise, surprise, surprise!

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  3. charger805 says:

    “On Tuesday, Betts’ attorney, Jeffrey Radding, filed a motion challenging at least two of the lewd act charges. Radding argued those charges should be dismissed because there is no evidence Betts used force”

    So even his attorney is admitting he’s guilty, except for 2 charges. Why must we waste tax dollars and torment the children further? Looks, quacks, walks…duck.

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  4. Ted Slanders says:

    If it turns out that Mr.Betts is guilty as charged, and most importantly, if he is a Christian, or about to become one, then he can thank the Hebrew-Christian God named Yahweh that upon Judgment Day he is forgiven of his sins against these innocent little girls.

    “To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)

    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

    The passage above is a part of the Bronze and Iron Age Christian faith where the true Christian can do unspeakable things while on earth, but is nonetheless assured forgiveness and a pass through the Pearly Gates upon their demise if they just believe in Jesus. This is one of the many “hooks” of the Christian faith that please and comfort the flock at the expense of the girls in question within this story, where there is no incentive not to sin, praise!

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  5. Pelican1 says:

    “On Tuesday, Betts’ attorney, Jeffrey Radding, filed a motion challenging at least two of the lewd act charges. Radding argued those charges should be dismissed because there is no evidence Betts used force ”
    Are you kidding me???? Both Betts, and his attorney need to be locked up for good.

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  6. choney says:

    Why for the love of God was this man still out on the streets? Child molesters cannot be rehabilitated! It has been shown time and time again. Burn in hell deviant.

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    • circlingthedrain says:

      The average pedophile violates dozens of children prior to discovery. They are savvy beyond belief and sociopathic in nature. They truly believe they have done a favor if they have left a female child’s hymen intact. There are ways to avoid allowing pedophiles into your child’s life. But it will require you to gain some knowledge–and to apply diligence as well as adjusting to reality (don’t leave your child alone with anyone outside your trusted circle-EVER) and to grasp reality by realizing: this stuff even takes place in church. Just Catholic church? No. This evil knows NO BOUNDARIES.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        circlingthedrain,

        Relative to sexual abuse in churches, you’re correct that this abuse has no bounds within this environment, but the added contempt is when said churches coverup their sexual abuse of innocent young children in the name of their specific primitive god concept.

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    • thinkaboutit says:

      I’m still surprised that Betts was able to walk unharmed from that residence before being place under arrest!

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