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Man arrested on dozens of sex crimes

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A Maggie Valley man has been indicted on dozens of child sex offense charges.

Matthew Mander, 34, was initially arrested on June 20 after being indicted on 10 felony sex offense charges, but because the files were sealed, specific details are not able to be reported.

However, after a Haywood County grand jury indicted Mander on 37 new felonies earlier this week, more details have come to light. According to the indictments, the offenses occurred between the dates of Feb. 1, 2018, through June 18, 2019, and the majority note that the alleged victim was under 15-years-old.

While most of the charges are for statutory sex offenses, three of the indictments allege forcible rape.

17 of the charges are class B1 felonies, each of which can come with a possible sentence of 144 months up to life without parole.

As of Thursday afternoon, Mander had not been issued a bond on the 37 new charges, but he is currently being held at the Haywood County Detention Center on $1.2 million for the initial 10 charges.

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Historic Courthouse located at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to discuss the sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital located at 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina to Landmark Asset Services, Inc. for $225,000.00. The County intends to sell the property for affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income per N.C.G.S. 153A-378. The sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital is authorized and conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-267. The County shall attach covenants or conditions to assure that the property will be put to public use for persons of low to moderate income. Persons wishing to be heard at the public hearing are asked to be present. The County Commissioners may adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the hearing including; (i) fixing the maximum time allotted to each speaker, (ii) providing for the designation of spokesmen for groups of persons supporting or opposing the same position, (iii) providing for the selection of delegates from groups of persons supporting or opposing the same positions when the number of persons wishing to attend the hearing exceeds the capacity of the hall, and (iv) providing for the maintenance of order and decorum in the conduct of the hearing.

This 1st day of June, 2020.

Tracy L. Wells, Clerk to the Board

Haywood County Board of Commissioners

No. 35453