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TEEN CHARGED IN SEX ASSAULTS ON CHILDREN

BSO Case Number: WS02-02-2093
PIO Number: 02-4-7 Dates: Between January 2000 & August 2001
Place of Occurrence: Weston

Victim(s):

  • 1. Name withheld, 4, male, Weston
  • 2. Name withheld, 4, female, Weston
  • 3. Name withheld, 3, male, Weston
  • 4. Name withheld, 3, male, Weston

Suspect(s):

  • Matthew A. Lowe, 15, 4/21/86, 3078 Lakewood Dr., Weston

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives have charged a teenage boy with sexually assaulting four youngsters during baby-sitting sessions at their Weston homes. Under the advice of his attorney, 15-year old Matthew A. Lowe, accompanied by his father, turned himself into BSO detectives around 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 02, 2002.

Investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims because Lowe was a popular sitter in his community and served as a summer camp counselor at a Weston temple.

Det. Juanita Reid documented four incidents involving three boys and a girl, occurring over the past two years. The crimes came to light on March 19th when a Weston woman called BSO to report that her four-year-old son said his babysitter, Lowe, had exposed himself when the boy and his brother were three. The child said the teenager told him to “keep it a secret.” Another boy told detectives that Lowe was babysitting him about six months ago, when that child was three, and engaged in a “game” that involved candy and nudity. The four-year-old girl also related a February incident, saying that while Lowe was babysitting he engaged in oral sex with her.

A forensic interviewer from the Sexual Assault Treatment Center interviewed all the children and all described sexual encounters with Lowe. As a result of the investigation, Lowe is being held at the Broward Juvenile Detention Center, charged with four counts of Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition, one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, and one count of Capital Sexual Battery.

Lowe gained access to the children through the neighborhood and through his association as a counselor with Temple Dor Dorim. Any parents who believe their children might have had improper contact with the young suspect are asked to call the BSO Sex Crimes Unit Detective Juanita Reid at 321-4240.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. J. Reid, Sgt. D. Bjorndalen, CID
THIS REPORT BY: H. Graf & J. Leljedal / PIO 4/2/02 3:00 pm

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