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Former prison guard found guilty of sex offenses with 13-year-old


BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted over 3 weeks, Matthew Kevin Yow, age 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was found guilty on Monday afternoon in Brunswick County Superior
Court of two (2) counts of Indecent Liberties With a Child and two (2) counts of
Disseminating Obscenity for incidents that occurred over a period of time from 2006 to
2007. The victim in the case is a male child who was between the ages of 13 to 14 years
old at the time of the incidents and is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is on
the Autism spectrum of disorders. Yow, who previously worked as a prison guard in
Columbus County, was sentenced to two (2) consecutive 16 – 20 month active sentences
in prison, which amounts to a total of 32 – 40 months behind bars. The victim and his
family were present in court for the entry of the sentence and offered victim impact
statements to the court prior to the entry of the judgment. Yow will now be required to
complete sex offender treatment while he is in prison and to register as a sex offender for
thirty (30) years after he is released.

In honor of the victim in this case, and other children in Brunswick County and
surrounding areas who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, members of the
Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office will be participating in the 2nd Annual
Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington on April 21,
2012. April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Autism Awareness Month.
Anyone interested in participating, volunteering, or otherwise supporting this event
should contact for more details and to register.

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