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Spartanburg Man Gets 25 Year Sentence In Child Abuse Case

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A man from Spartanburg was sentenced after being convicted of abusing two young children. A man from Spartanburg was sentenced after being convicted of abusing two young children.
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A man from Spartanburg was sentenced after being convicted of abusing two young children.

Seventh Circuit Solicitor's office spokesman Murray Glenn stated that Randall Dean Matheny, 27, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of two counts of unlawful conduct toward a minor and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

During the course of the three day trial, jurors heard evidence from Assistant Seventh Circuit Solicitor Susan Reese that Matheny injured two 18-month old children in May 2011. According to Glenn, authorities were alerted to the matter after the male victim suffered bruises to his head and body and was transported to a local hospital.

While investigating the case, deputies learned that the victim had a twin sister and went to the family's home on Skylyn Drive. During the welfare check, deputies found a little girl with bruises all over her body. When questioned about the children's injuries, Matheny admitted to sexually abusing one of the children.

"Both children were covered with bruises," Reese said. "They have already endured more pain than most people will experience in their entire lives."

Reese used testimony from the children's mother and others who witnessed the abuse, along with medical and law enforcement testimony to prove the case.

Matheny, who has a prior conviction for possession of meth or cocaine, will have to serve at least 20 years in prison before he is eligible for release. The victim's mother pled guilty to child neglect earlier this year and received a 10 year prison sentence, which was reduced to five years of probation.

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