COURTHOUSE — An Upper Providence man is headed to jail for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl when he was 19, including in a wooded area during a Perkiomen Valley High School football game.
Matthew James Labor, now 22, of the 600 block of Bridge Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor in connection with incidents that occurred with the underage girl between September and November 2010 at locations in Upper Providence and Perkiomen townships.
Judge Joseph A. Smyth also ordered Labor to complete three years’ probation after he’s paroled from jail, meaning Labor will be under court supervision for nearly five years.
Labor will be monitored by members of the probation department’s Sex Offender Supervision unit while serving the probationary portion of the sentence. Under such intensive supervision, probation officers can make unannounced visits to an offender’s home and can require an offender to complete counseling.
Under state law, by pleading guilty to the charges, Labor admitted that he engaged in sexual conduct with a girl who was under 16 and when he was four or more years older than the girl and they weren’t married to each other.
An investigation, according to court papers, began in November 2010 when the girl’s parents contacted state police at Skippack to report they became aware that an inappropriate relationship between their daughter and Labor had continued even after they had tried to stop it due to the age difference between the two. The girl’s parents told police that on Nov. 17 they received a call from Perkiomen Valley High School officials indicating the girl was absent from school.
Confronted by her parents, the girl later told them that she had spent the day with Labor at his house and that they had sexual contact, according to the arrest affidavit. The investigation determined that Labor had contacted the school, posing as the girl’s father, and reported her absent from school.
In addition to having sexual contact with the girl at his home, Labor also had sexual contact with the girl in September 2010 during a Perkiomen Valley High School football game, according to the criminal complaint. Labor and the girl attended the game “and during the game went to a nearby wooded area and had sex,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Paul Carr Jr. alleged in the criminal complaint.
Police indicated that DNA tests confirmed the sexual contact between Labor and the girl.
In a letter to the judge prior to sentencing, Labor wrote, “I am really a changed man and I am a born again Christian,” according to court documents.
“I have realized this is a wake-up call for me and this is not where I want to be for the rest of my life,” Labor wrote while in jail awaiting sentencing, adding he wants to marry and be a family man. “Your honor, I am sorry for all the crimes I committed but my life of sin is over. I am not a bad person, your honor. I just got into wrong things.”
In an unrelated matter, Labor also pleaded guilty, and received an identical concurrent sentence, to charges of accidents involving damage and fleeing from police in connection with a March 12, 2013, incident during which he struck a structure at the Trappe Center Shopping Center in the 100 block of West Main Street in Collegeville while fleeing from police who tried to stop him for an alleged traffic violation. State police alleged Labor got out of the Honda vehicle and fled on foot and refused to render aid to two passengers who were in the vehicle and who reported injuries, according to the criminal complaint.
The investigation determined Labor did not have a valid driver’s license, according to court papers.