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Former Church Volunteer Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Battery

Former First Baptist Canton church volunteer Matthew Brent Sheffield will serve eight years on probation.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
A former church volunteer with First Baptist Canton pleaded guilty to child sexual battery.

Matthew Brent Sheffield, 31, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of sexual battery against a minor and received an eight year probation sentence. 

Sheffield was sentenced on April 18 by Judge N. Jackson Harris in Cherokee County Superior Court. He will also have to register as a sex offender. 

A Cherokee County grand jury in April 2011 indicted the volunteer in the June 2010 sexual battery of the boy, who was 14 years old at the time. 

According to the April 2011 indictment, Sheffield placed "his hand on the thigh and leg of the said child and did rub the said child's leg, with the intent to arouse and satisfy the sexual desires of the said accused and child." He also "touched the buttocks of the said child."

A lawsuit filed in August 2012 accused the church of allowing a volunteer with a history of abuse to have access to children.
Steve Brooks May 05, 2014 at 07:50 AM
8 years probation??? And we wonder what is wrong... 8 years in prison and 80 years of probation would be more appropriate.....
Octo Slash May 05, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I believe in 'an eye for an eye'. Someone should take this guy out back, and rub his legs and thighs. And rub his buttocks. No, wait....that doesn't seem tough enough does it? Just cut off the dude's nuts.
Elizabeth Elizabeth May 05, 2014 at 02:20 PM
No church should EVER allow an adult to be around a minor alone - 2 adults at all times! Doesn't it ever occur to anyone that there are wolves in wheels clothing who target churches who don't use wisdom when it come to children's safety? Honestly.
Bridgett May 10, 2014 at 09:42 AM
No jail time?!? Disgusting. Probation is a monthly check-in with $ in your hand. Serves nobody but the local gov.

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