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Sex allegations stack up against Butler teacher turned rape defendant

| Friday, June 12, 2009

A former substitute elementary schoolteacher from Butler County awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting two boys is now accused of repeatedly soliciting nude photos of five more boys and girls 12 to 16 years old.

Matthew S. Goettler, 24, of Butler, who is free on bond, is charged with numerous sex offenses in the two cases, including rape and corruption of a minor, police said. The latest charges were filed Monday.

Goettler met many of the children in the Moniteau School District, where he coached basketball, according to court documents.

Moniteau's superintendent, Trudy Peterman, declined to comment Thursday. Al Lindsay, Goettler's lawyer, did not return phone calls and Goettler could not be reached.

Goettler is accused of threatening a 13-year-old girl who repeatedly refused to send him a nude photograph of herself.

"She claims that the defendant started to ask her for these on a daily basis," according to a police affidavit filed to support the charges.

In another case, a girl said Goettler asked her to send him nude photos of herself. That girl refused, stating that she was only 13, police said.

Goettler argued there wasn't such a big difference in their ages, according to the affidavit.

He is accused of sending 65 text messages demanding nude photos, according to court documents. Another time, according to court documents, Goettler asked a 16-year-old boy to forward photos of the boy having sex with his girlfriend.

Police started to investigate Goettler upon receiving complaints from parents. He was first arrested in November and then freed on bond by Chicora District Judge Lewis Stoughton.

Goettler is charged with multiple counts of unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful solicitation of minors, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.

In November, Goettler was charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, two counts of deviate sexual intercourse, indecent sexual assault, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minors.

Goettler is accused of playing a series of bizarre sexual games with two underage boys at his house.

A preliminary hearing for Goettler is scheduled for June 21 before Stoughton.

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