Florida Man Who Molested 10-Year-Old Girl, Then Drenched Her Private Parts In Bleach, Gets Life
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Florida Man Who Molested 10-Year-Old Girl, Then Drenched Her Private Parts In Bleach, Gets Life

(Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office)

A Tampa, Florida man who molested a 10-year-old girl and tried to destroy evidence by washing her private parts in bleach, gets life in prison, The New York Daily News reported.

Earlier this month, Lewis Matthews , 43, was convicted of four separate felonies after a jury found him guilty of “sexual battery on a victim younger than 12, lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim younger than 12 and tampering with physical evidence,” according to reports.

The child was the daughter of his girlfriend who he reportedly started molesting on on April 13, 2019, in a Tampa, Fla. home he shared with the girl’s mother.

According to reports, when the mother overheard the commotion around 3:30 a.m., she screamed and then Matthews took off with the victim and two of her siblings in her car.

Matthews the reportedly took the child to a bathroom where he ordered the girl to take her clothes off and he splashed her genitals with Clorox, prosecutors said in court.

“He undressed her and then proceeded to molest and sexually batter her,” the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office said in a statement this week.”

“The defendant’s criminal attempt to destroy DNA evidence failed,” the district attorney’s office said. Matthews’  DNA was reportedly found on the victim’s bleach-stained underwear as well as the girl’s body and other clothing.

Matthews pleaded not guilty and appeared in court in front of a jury trial, resulting in a guilty verdict.

According to Fox 13 Tampa, the mother was not in attendance, but the child testified in court.

“It’s heartbreaking to sit in court and watch a victim, who has been sexually abused by someone who is supposed to be caring for her, testify on the stand,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said. “That’s why I’m so proud of the work that our prosecutors do to hold these offenders accountable, stand up for the victims, and send these predators away for life.”

Matthew reportedly did not show any remorse for his alleged actions. Matthews as he was being taken away to prison.

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