TERRE HAUTE —
A Terre Haute man has pleaded guilty to seven felonies in connection with a child molestation that allegedly involved the man’s wife as well.
Matthew Mahoney, 37, will be sentenced April 2 in Vigo Superior Court 3. He has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, vicarious sexual gratification, child solicitation and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.
Judge David Bolk ordered a pre-sentence report to be compiled, and canceled next week’s trial of the case.
In February, Bolk denied a request to have Mahoney evaluated for placement in the county’s work release or in-home detention programs.
Mahoney and his wife Jennifer, 35, were arrested in April 2013 after an investigation by the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department into allegations by a 15-year-old child who stated that she had been in a sexual relationship with Matthew Mahoney for about a year.
Police noted that Matthew and Jennifer Mahoney were lay pastors at a Terre Haute church, but none of the alleged sexual activity is believed to have occurred at the church.
Jennifer Mahoney also faces charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, vicarious sexual gratification and dissemination of matter harmful to minors. Her trial is set to commence March 18.