July 13, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236
WORCESTER – A North Brookfield man was sentenced today in Superior Court to 15 to 20 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to several charges including four counts of aggravated rape of a child, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Matthew Clem, 31, of 14 Park St., North Brookfield, was sentenced by Judge Janet Kenton-Walker. Besides the rape charges, Clem pleaded guilty to three counts of enticing a child under 16 years of age and three counts of distribution of obscene matter. The judge sentenced him to 5 years to 5 years and a day in state prison on the enticing charges and 2 to 3 years in state prison on the obscene matter charges. All sentences are to run concurrently. A charge of assault and battery was dismissed.
A joint investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Worcester Police Detective Bureau and the FBI led to charges against Clem in both Worcester Superior Court and U.S. District Court.
“I’d like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who worked with us to take this predator off the street,” Mr. Early said.
Assistant District Attorney Lina Pashou told the court that Clem used internet applications to communicate with children and arranged meetings with them.
Earlier today, Clem pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the same investigation in U.S. District Court. He was sentenced to 15 to 20 years in the federal case. Clem will serve his time in a federal prison.