Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Matthew Ryan Cummings Charged with Rape of 11-year-old

Authorities charged a Camp Lejeune Marine late Tuesday with having sex with an intoxicated preteen girl last year while the girl’s mother slept in another room.

Matthew Ryan Cummings, 20, of Barracks FC372 aboard base, was charged by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, and crimes against nature.

Sheriff’s Sgt. John Getty was asked by a local mental facility to interview an 11-year-old girl beginning July 13. Getty discovered the child was having suicidal tendencies. Getty’s investigation revealed that the girl had been statutorily raped in late November 2008, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department.

“The statutory rape and other sex acts were performed on the 11-year-old child in her own home while the child’s mother slept in another bedroom of the home,” Sheriff Ed Brown said. “(Cummings) obtained beer from the refrigerator of the victim’s home where he and the victim both consumed the beer and became intoxicated.”

The girl’s family moved to Onslow County in November 2008 and the Cummings befriended the girl during the times the mother had left her with a neighbor across the street, according to Getty’s investigation.

The mother reported her concern for Cummings behavior toward her daughter to the Sheriff’s Department in February, according to incident reports on file at the Sheriff’s Department.

Cummings was interviewed at that time and was strongly advised to have no further contact with the girl.

“However the statutory rape had already occurred approximately four months before the mother came to the Sheriff’s Office in February 2009,” Brown said.

Cummings was arrested at Building 66 aboard Camp Lejeune by the Sheriff’s Department. His bond was set at $200,000 and he has a court appearance scheduled for today.

His rank and deployment history were not immediately available from base officials.

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