Thursday, October 20, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man was indicted this week on charges stemming from allegedly swapping sexually explicit text messages with a 14-year-old girl, even arranging for him to pick her up from her Buford middle school.
In April, the young girl's parents discovered the text messages reportedly from 24-year-old Carlos Daniel Matos, ones that police said asked about her sexual experience and "encouraged her to sneak out so that they could engage in sexual activities."
According to a police report, Matos got the girl's phone number from one of her classmates. The texting allegedly went on for about three weeks.
Things came to a head when police said Matos text messaged the alleged victim and asked to pick her up from Twin Rivers Middle School in Buford. Online jail records show he was arrested on April 20 before being released the next day on $27,700 bond.
Matos was indicted Wednesday on one count of criminal attempt to commit the crime of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Alleged arsonist indicted
Also indicted this week in Gwinnett County Superior Court was a Macon woman accused of setting fire to a pair of Norcross businesses.
With assistance from the U.S. Marshals, Gwinnett fire investigators arrested 48-year-old Barbara Ann Stevenson at the end of July, almost three months after her alleged crime. On May 6, investigators believe Stevenson intentionally set fire to the entrances of GHS Distribution and Renew Computer on Avalon Ridge Parkway.
The fires caused damage to the exterior of the businesses but "did not spread any further before going out," fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said at the time.
Stevenson was indicted on two counts of first-degree arson.