SLO man allegedly molested his ex-girlfriend’s daughter
September 28, 2016
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.