Mendocino County man pleads guilty to molesting two 13-year-olds

A Mendocino County man charged with molesting two children took a plea deal Wednesday agreeing to a prison term of 35 years to life.

Matthew Thomas McCarthy, 49, formerly of Westport, pleaded guilty in Mendocino County Superior Court to four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children under 14 years old, the District Attorney’s Officer said in a press release.

McCarthy was accused of molesting two 13-year-olds on separate occasions. In 2001, he was also convicted molesting a 6-year-old girl, the DA’s Office said.

He is slated to be formally sentenced March 9.

-Nick Rahaim

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