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NEWBURY — A 60-year-old man was planning to run away to Plum Island with a 17-year-old girl he had been molesting for three years at his beach house, according to court documents.
Police arrested Robert Mattheson, of 23 Second St., Concord, N.H., last week and charged him with two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing this Friday.
According to police documents, Mattheson began molesting the girl, who is also from Concord, when she was 13. Mattheson is a friend of the girl's family, according to police documents, and he continued molesting her during shared vacations at Mattheson's Basin Front Drive cottage.
The girl and Mattheson reportedly exchanged letters in August about running away together, and Mattheson's wife found the girl's letter to Mattheson, according to police reports. Mattheson's wife reportedly told his chapter of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who kicked Mattheson out and alerted the New Hampshire Department of Child Services.
When Newbury police interviewed Mattheson last week, he admitted to a physical and emotional relationship with the girl, according to police reports. Mattheson told police that he began molesting the girl during a time when he was struggling with unemployment and disconnected from his faith, and said he was "persuaded" by Internet pornography.
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NEWBURY - A 60-year-old man was planning to run away to Plum Island with a 17-year-old girl he had been molesting for three years at his beach house, according to court documents.
Police arrested Robert Mattheson, of 23 Second St., Concord, N.H., last week and charged him with two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing this Friday.
According to police documents, Mattheson began molesting the girl, who is also from Concord, when she was 13. Mattheson is a friend of the girl's family, according to police documents, and he continued molesting her during shared vacations at Mattheson's Basin Front Drive cottage.
The girl and Mattheson reportedly exchanged letters in August about running away together, and Mattheson's wife found the girl's letter to Mattheson, according to police reports. Mattheson's wife reportedly told his chapter of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who kicked Mattheson out and alerted the New Hampshire Department of Child Services.
When Newbury police interviewed Mattheson last week, he admitted to a physical and emotional relationship with the girl, according to police reports. Mattheson told police that he began molesting the girl during a time when he was struggling with unemployment and disconnected from his faith, and said he was "persuaded" by Internet pornography.
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I am a previous victum of Bob Mattheson and would like to help with this case if i could.The incident with me was in July of 1969, i had just turned 12.
He was married to my sister, Nancy Mattheson,i also have knowledge of three other
incidences that involved him.
The concord Police have a written statement from me, that was taken in the early
eighties, he was being investagated at that time.
I would like for him to be held accountable for his actions.
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I suggest you contact the D.A.'s office in Essex County as I'm pretty sure this is a case that they will prosecute. Perhaps Newbury P.D. can give you the name of the prosecutor. Fill them in on the background. I know it's tough for many victims to come forward but the fact you already gave a statement to Concord P.D. and that you have picked up on this article and responded is admirable. While I'm now retired totally from law enforcement, I'm always encouraged when I see past victims of abuse willing to help put away low life molesters. Thank you.
 
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