PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A fugitive wanted for having sex with a 12 year old girl is in a Southwest Florida jail as of Tuesday night.
Deputies say Matthew Baynard, while living in a Punta Gorda Heights RV park with his girlfriend, was wanted out of Virginia for multiple sexual battery charges. Deputies say authorities found him through a social networking site.
Neighbors say Baynard moved into a trailer in South Punta Gorda Heights a few months ago. Most were surprised to learn he was wanted out of Virginia on four counts of aggravated sexual battery, for allegedly having sex with an underage girl. Sean Wilson says her teenage son would hang out at Baynards house sometimes. She became concerned when she caught them looking at porn. "I was in his house and he pulled up some dirty stuff on his computer in front of my teenager, i was kind of iffy about that situation, i told him to turn it off," said Wilson
Deputies arrested Baynard Tuesday morning after authorities in Virginia found him through his current girlfriend's Myspace page. The girlfriend, who was at the home with family Tuesday would not comment. But her mother, Anne, says her daughter and Baynard have only been together for a few months. She responded to the accusations against Baynard.
"There's no defense, no defense for ruining a child's life like that, none, like I said, all I can do now as a mom is stick up for my daughter because, she's totally an innocent bystander in this whole thing, and I feel for her."
This allegedly occurred in 2008 when Baynard was 19 and the girl was 12. It wasn't reported until March 6th of this year. Baynard is in jail tonight. There is no word on when he might be extradited to Virginia.