A 20-year-old man known as the “Carmichael Creeper” and the “Boogey Man” has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for breaking into homes and molesting children.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl on Friday sentenced Matthew Steven Jones to seven years and four months and 115 years to life consecutive to four terms of life without possibility of parole, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. This is the first time in Sacramento County that the District Attorney’s Office has charged an individual with a life-without-possibility-of- parole crime based on sexual molestation of a child during the commission of a residential burglary, officials said.
Jones was an 18-year-old resident of a group home for sexual offenders in Sacramento County when he devised a plan to break out of the group home at night and wander the streets searching for homes where children lived, officials said. In July and August of 2012, Jones entered at least five homes with the intent to molest children he found inside.
In two of the homes, Jones found children 10 and 12 years old asleep in their beds and committed numerous sexual acts against them, officials said. Surveillance cameras caught Jones entering and leaving one of the residences, and he was identified after Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department issued a media release.
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During the investigation, authorities said, Jones admitted that while housed in a sexual offender program in Stockton in December 2009 and January 2010, he entered the home of a family near the group home on five occasions and spent up to three hours at a time molesting a 5-year-old disabled boy in his bed. The child had a feeding tube and was unable to communicate or move.
On four occasions during this time, the boy’s mother found him in states of undress in the morning and was puzzled because the youngster did not have the motor skills to undress himself.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Jones admitted to breaking into three other homes in Stockton with the intent of molesting children.