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Lilburn man arrested second time on suspicion of enticing children

SNELLVILLE -- A Lilburn man already awaiting trial in an eerily similar case was arrested this week after reportedly using video games to lure a pair of teenaged boys into a vacant home and make "sexual advances."

Snellville police Capt. Harold Thomas said Matthew Ronald Crawford, 29, met one of the young teenagers on a social networking site and "thought they had become buddies," conversing back and forth online and meeting a few times in person.

On Sunday, Thomas said, Crawford picked up the boy and a friend -- ages 13 and 15 -- and took them back to a home on Timberline Trace that "appeared unoccupied," promising them video games. When Crawford instead made sexual advances, the boys fled from the home and called authorities, police said.

Crawford turned himself in at about 9 p.m. Sunday and was charged with two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes. Gwinnett County Jail records show he is being held without bond.

Those alleged events came even as Crawford awaits trial on similar charges.

According to an arrest warrant on file at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Crawford was arrested in December 2008 after taking a child under the age of 16 to "an unknown subdivision off of Grayson Parkway ... for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts."

Further details were not immediately available Tuesday.

Crawford was arrested on April 30, 2010, a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest on one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. He was released on $5,700 bond and indicted about a year later.

According to online court records, an order of continuance was issued in that case just last week.

Jail records list Crawford as having an address on Winding Circle in Lilburn, less than two miles from Brookwood High School.

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