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Middlesboro man sentenced to prison over sexual offenses involving a minor

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Matthew Dewayne Sparks - BCDC

A Middlesboro man arrested Wednesday evening September 11, 2019, charged with sexual offenses has been sentenced in Bell Circuit Court.


Then 23-year-old Matthew Dewayne Sparks was charged by Middleboro Police Lt. Barry Cowan with prohibited use of an electronic system to procure a minor for sex offenses and possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.


Sparks was accused of engaging in conversations via Facebook messenger by phone with 15-year-old female and having pictures depicting sexual content of the girl in his possession.


On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, now 26-year-old Sparks was sentenced to four years confinement in prison with five years of supervision after being discharged. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for twenty years.


He is booked in the Bell County Detention Center awaiting transfer to prison.


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