Michael Duane Matson

On Nov. 21, 2019, Michael Duane Matson, 43, was sentenced to 240 months in prison for second-degree criminal sexual conduct, after being found guilty of sexual contact with a mentally impaired victim involving personal injury.

On June 14, 2018, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Matson had forcible sexual contact with a vulnerable adult. The victim, who had an intellectual disability, and Matson knew each other through a mutual acquaintance. As a result of the sexual contact, the victim sustained injuries involving bruising and scratching.

As reported in the criminal complaint, the victim told deputies that she knows Matson through a mutual acquaintance. She said she called Matson that morning for a ride and that he picked her up at her house and drove her to his house in Pine City.

She said that at Matson’s house, she went in to use the bathroom, and when she came out of the bathroom Matson was in his bedroom and told the victim to come in. She told him no. She said he then grabbed her by her arm and dragged her into the bedroom and began removing her clothing. She said she told Matson to stop seven times, and also told him to let her go, but he did not. She said she was scared. She said that after he was done she put on her clothes and told him she wanted to go home.

The victim was brought to the hospital where she was evaluated for sexual assault, and reported pelvic discomfort and had bruising, scratching and redness on her right arm.

Matson was arrested and brought to Pine County Jail. Investigators report that after Matson was informed of his rights he said that he knew the victim was under guardianship, and had picked up the victim and brought her to his house to wait for her brother to go to Walmart. He said that while they were there he had consensual sexual intercourse with the victim.  

Matson has two prior 2nd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct convictions from January of 2009 and December of 2010.

The sentencing court also determined that Matson qualified for civil commitment following his prison sentence. The sentence falls within Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.

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