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Southbridge man indicted for sex abuse

'Serious, serious' case involves 43 charges

January 24, 2010

SOUTHBRIDGE — A man accused of secretly videotaping his teenage stepdaughter last year was indicted Thursday on more than 40 counts of various crimes, including indecent assault and battery and rape of a child.

Matthew St. Francis was arrested at his Pleasant Street home on May 20, 2009 — after what he told his then 19-year-old stepdaughter, Tiffany Desrosiers, was a piece of security equipment installed in her room, was found to be a camera connected to his computer. The charges in the indictment however, show his alleged crimes to be even more severe.

According to Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, "He was indicted on 43 charges."

Det. Mario Marcucci, who has been a member of the Southbridge Police Department since the 1970s, said this case represents the worst sex crimes he has ever encountered.

"This is a serious, serious case," Marcucci said. "One of the worst in my career."

Marcucci said St. Francis was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, 16 counts of depicting a minor in sexual conduct, five counts of photographing an unsuspecting person nude, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child and 17 counts of rape of a child.

There are two known victims in the case.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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