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Madden Sentenced On Sex Crime Convictions

Published: October 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Matthew Madden, 24, formerly of Newtown and New York City, was serving time as a prisoner on Wednesday, October 11, at Cheshire Correctional Institution in Cheshire, having been sentenced on September 29 by a judge to an effective 90-day jail term on dual felony convictions for illegal sexual contact with a victim under age 16, and for enticing a person under age 16 by computer.

Court records list the date of those offenses in Newtown as November 22, 2015.

On April 8, 2016, in state Superior Court in Danbury, a judge entered eight pro forma pleas of not guilty to eight sex-related felony offenses with which Madden had been charged. Madden, on August 9, 2017, pleaded guilty to the two charges for which he was convicted.

On March 17, 2016, Newtown police arrested Madden, who, they said, had been working at Sabrina's Encore Productions, charging him with eight sex-related felonies for allegedly pursuing, and in some cases for allegedly having had sexual contact with, underage females who were receiving theater training. Those crimes allegedly occurred in 2015, 2014, and 2011, according to court records.

A complainant reported to police in November 2015 that Madden had contacted her through social media on the internet and had engaged in an inappropriate conversation, according to court papers.

In response to Madden's arrest, Sabrina Post, the proprietor of Sabrina's Encore Productions, issued a statement in March 2016. Ms Post wrote, "Matt was a student of Sabrina's Encore Productions from 2007-2011, when he left to attend college. There are no allegations of criminal behavior during this time," she claimed. Ms Post has stated that Mr Madden was not an employee of the theater group, but only served briefly as an assistant there.

On September 29, Madden received concurrent sentences on the two convictions. On the charge of illegal sexual contact with a victim under age 16, Madden received a ten-year prison term, suspended after 90 days of incarceration, plus ten years of probation after his discharge from jail.

On the charge of enticing a person under age 16 by computer, Madden received a five-year prison term, suspended after one day, plus five years of probation.

Offenders who violate the terms of their probation are subject to potentially serving the full prison terms which they received.

After his release from jail, Madden will be listed for ten years on the state's sex offender registry on the internet, according to court officials.

Several attempts to reach for comment attorney Charles Young, who represented Madden in the court case, were unsuccessful.

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