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A 24-year-old man faces up to 21 years in prison after he inappropriately touched one of his underage relatives from the time she was 9 years old.
Matthew David Manning pleaded guilty Friday felony aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor taking indecent liberties with a child, which was amended from a second felony aggravated sexual battery charge.
Manning is eight years older than the girl he sexually assaulted.
The inappropriate touching began in 2007 when the girl was 8 years old, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maureen Kufro said. Manning would periodically be alone in a room with her and ask her to take her clothes off or take them off for her if she did not comply.
Kufro said Manning would also touch the girl inappropriately.
When the girl was between the ages of 13 and 15, Manning would often spend the night at the girl’s house, Kufro said. The two were often in the living room alone, during which point Manning would watch pornography on his cell phone or laptop while touching the girl.
The girl, now 16, told her mother about the incidents in February 2014. Kufro said the girl did not tell anyone about the inappropriate touching before because “she was afraid of what [Manning] would do.”
James City County Police arrested Manning on Nov. 8 after a nearly nine-month investigation.
He is scheduled to appear in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court for sentencing at 9 a.m. June 10.
As part of his plea agreement, Manning must also undergo a psychosexual evaluation.