Mathews faces additional sex charges

ISHPEMING – The preliminary examination of an Ishpeming man accused of criminal sexual conduct was adjourned Monday afternoon for the second time – again pending a further investigation into potential additional charges.

Two more charges have already been filed against John Wayne Mathews, 44, of Ishpeming in a separate case involving a second alleged victim.

Mathews was arraigned in mid August on one count of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purpose and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. His preliminary exam was originally scheduled for Aug. 20, but was adjourned pending further investigation. As a result of this investigation, Mathews has been additionally charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of gross indecency involving an incident that allegedly occurred in the summer of 2004 with a 9-year-old girl.

Ishpeming Police Chief Dan Willey said that the 2004 incident was something that the Michigan State Police were investigating years ago, but nothing came of it. Willey said after Mathews was charged with the first two counts, he went back through Mathews’ file and worked with the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office to add the additional charges.

Marquette County assistant prosecutor Glenn Sarka said Mathews’ preliminary exam will be rescheduled and that he expects the date to be set soon.

Mathews is lodged in Marquette County Jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bond for the fourth-degree CSC and accosting charges. Bond has been set at $350,000 cash for the first-degree CSC and gross indecency charges.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Gross indecency is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or by up to a $2,500 fine. If the person was at the time of the offense considered a “sexually delinquent person,” gross indecency may be punishable by a minimum imprisonment of one day and a maximum of life.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.