Teen facing felony charge

A Seymour man has been arrested on a child molestation charge following a monthlong investigation.

Abraham M. Mateo, 19, was arrested Thursday night at his home on West Sixth Street.

The investigation began Feb. 19 when the Department of Child Services reported to the Seymour Police Department an incident involving a man and a 13-year-old girl.

Detective Sgt. Greg O’Brien interviewed Mateo, a high school student, on March 3. A formal interview was conducted at the police station the next day.

During the latter interview, Mateo told police he had been dating the girl for about a year, according to the probable cause affidavit.

According to court documents, the two first had sex at Mateo’s home in July, and he said it was consensual. He said they had sex two other times — once at his house and the other time at the girl’s home.

Mateo also said during the interview he is aware the girl is pregnant and they are still dating, according to court documents.

After the investigation was concluded, O’Brien turned the case over to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, and an arrest warrant was issued.

Child molesting is a Level 3 felony, which could result in three to 16 years in prison if found guilty.

Mateo was being held at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond pending his initial hearing, which had not been set as of Friday morning.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.