Middleton man sentenced to prison for lewd conduct with 13-year-old girl

A Middleton man was sentenced to prison Monday for lewd conduct with a 13-year-old girl in Canyon County.

Troy A. Matthews, 41, was sentenced by Third District Judge Bradly Ford to up to 20 years, five of them fixed. Ford also ordered Matthews to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample and have no contact with the victim or other minor females unsupervised for 20 years. Matthews was also ordered to pay the victim a $5,000 civil penalty, as well as a $500 fine and court costs.

Matthews was arrested on a felony warrant in December 2014 after an investigation by the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office revealed he had sexually molested the girl on at least one occasion at his residence in Middleton. She told detectives that Matthews began by flirting with her and giving her a back rub while she was at his home. Matthews then pulled her pants down and began touching her inappropriately even after she told him to stop. Matthews later admitted he molested her.

“Mr. Matthews took advantage of this young victim and stole her innocence, resulting in tremendous emotional harm to her,” said Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “The sentence today punishes him for the damage he caused and ensures our community is protected from a predator.”