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Elizabethtown Police Accuse Man of Forcible Compulsion in Sex Act

An arrest warrant has been issued for an Elizabethtown man accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act as well as punching her in the face, leaving her with a black eye and broken eyeglasses, then lying to police investigating the attack.

Mathew N. Powers, 46, who lives in an apartment along North Locust Street near East Willow Street in Elizabethtown Borough, is charged with the first-degree felony offense of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse — forcible compulsion, court records show. He also faces second-degree misdemeanor charges of simple assault and unsworn falsification to authorities.

Officer Alexander J. Reed gave details of the accusations against Powers in a sworn statement filed in court on Wednesday, April 12. In his statement, Reed said he got a call at about 1:05 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, from a woman who said Powers had assaulted her in his apartment.

Reed said in his sworn statement that the woman and Powers both told police they had met on a dating website, but Powers said he never struck the woman and he accused her of stealing $100 from him. The woman, however, told police that Powers had given her money and told her that she owed him for it, then forced her into a sex act. She told police she was able to escape the apartment and call 911. Reed also said he was able to see the woman’s black eye and broken glasses.

The charge of unsworn falsification to authorities stems from a written statement that Reed said Powers gave in which he claimed he never struck the woman.

The Advocate invited Powers to be interviewed for this article by leaving a letter for him at his apartment, but got no response by press time. Court records did not list a lawyer representing him.

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