A 19-year-old Seminole County, Florida resident pled guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12. According to reports, the 19-year-old, Matthew Neary, was sentenced six years in prison followed by two years of house-arrest and will be required to be registered as a sexual offender for the following twenty years. Neary, who has been diagnosed from Asperger’s Syndrome and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), was said to have lured two young girls into his parents’ storage shed where he began to touch them inappropriately. Neary was arrested in September 2010 after the mother of one of the girls noticed Neary sitting next to her daughter, whose panties were around her ankles. The circuit judge presiding over the case, Marlene Alva, will impose sentencing in October 2011 after Neary undergoes a psychological evaluation and a separate investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections.
Neary is currently living with his parents in Culuota after being released on $50,000 bail. As part of his release, Judge Alva has ordered Neary to stay away from the children’s school, school bus stop, and on Sunday the church that all three attended. Neary should consider himself very lucky with the sentence that he received. Along with being denied bail, he could have been sentenced to life in prison because the victims were so young – 6 to 8 years old.
People who suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome have a variety of developmental disabilities that can vary widely. They include having difficulty interacting with others, forming friendships, moving clumsily and engaging in repetitive motions, such has hand wringing.
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