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March 27, 2014

Appeals court upholds Anderson man's conviction

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an Anderson man whose work release was revoked after he violated terms of his probation for a child molesting conviction.

Matthew Ramsey was arrested in 2008 at the age of 19 on allegations he had sex with a 13-year-old girl.

In 2009, Ramsey pleaded guilty to one count of child molesting, a Class B felony. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years suspended under probation. Under terms of the probation, Ramsey was to participate in a sex offender treatment program.

In August 2012, the state alleged he violated the terms by failing to comply with the program and its financial requirements. In September 2012, he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and he pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2013.

He was also accused of violating the requirements of a work release program. In July 2013, a hearing was held on revoking his work release placement and Ramsey chose to represent himself.

As Ramsey was being questioned by the state, the trial court judge said the state's examination of Ramsey could continue for five more minutes. At the end of the hearing, Ramsey's probation was revoked and he was ordered back to prison.

Ramsey appealed the sentence saying in part that the revocation was in error because his testimony was limited.

In upholding the conviction, the state appeals court noted that probationers are not entitled to the same full array of constitutional rights afforded to defendants in a trial. Also, Ramsey declined to seek further testimony and evidence at the hearing, the appeals court said.

— The Herald Bulletin

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