Convicted sex offender allowed to reside at home, near kids
by Shaka S. Lias
Apr 18, 2011 | 6316 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man who pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual exploitation is living within a stone's throw from a playground.

According to a disposition from Bartow County Superior Court, Judge Shepherd Howell signed the document that allows Matthew Wilkes Meadows, 24, to live with his parents, including his FBI agent father, in the Waterford subdivision across from Dellinger Park.

Meadows pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to probation with special conditions. The plea was negotiated, according to the document.

Judge Howell couldn't be reached for comments and another Bartow County judge said he doesn't comment on other judges' decisions.

According to an indictment filed on Oct. 21, 2010, Meadows was in possession of child pornography on or about May 19, 2009.

The indictment states that he had visual material that depicted an unknown underage minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The other eight counts seemingly echoed the first.

In addition to Meadow's probation, he must abide by special conditions, which include computer technology conditions for sex offenders, nine months of intensive probation, wearing an ankle monitor during the nine months and staying away from children under the age of 18 without the presence of an adult.

Normal sex offender conditions require registering at the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said he does not think that Meadows received preferential treatment and neighbors with children have no reason to be alarmed.

"I don't think there is any concern whatsoever. If it was, Judge Howell wouldn't have allowed him to stay there," Millsap said Thursday afternoon. He said he treats everyone the same, recalling the time his son was arrested and booked into the jail.

Meadows must also pay a $1,000 fine and $40 a week in probation fines, and must also continue to attend counseling sessions.