Arrest made in Nantucket sexual assaults

mattersondavidNANTUCKET – Nantucket Police Chief William Pittman has announced that the department has made an arrest in several sexual assault cases that occurred in the mid-island area dating back to 2008. Following an exhaustive investigation, detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant in Nantucket District Court for David Matterson, 25, of Nantucket. Matterson is employed as a carpenter and was arrested without incident at a job site on Cliff Road shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning by uniformed and plain-clothed police officers.

Matterson is charged with multiple offenses including kidnapping and rape in connection with a July 2008 case at 18 Bartlett Road and a September 2014 case at 25 Roberts Lane.

Detectives say it is possible there could be other victims of similar crimes who have not come forward. Anyone who has had a similar experience or would like to provide information regarding Matterson is asked to call Nantucket Police at (508) 228-1212 and ask to speak with Detective Morneau.

Noting the high level of concern in the community for the past several years about the sexual assaults, Chief Pittman noted that “Matterson was a very legitimate threat to the women in our community.” The Chief credited the untiring and diligent police work by the detective unit as well as the assistance provided by the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, State Police Detective Unit, State Police Crime Lab, and several federal law enforcement agencies that assisted with the investigation and its successful outcome. This truly was a community effort also. Nearly one hundred members of the local Jamaican community stepped forward and voluntarily gave DNA samples and information to detectives to assist with the efforts to solve these crimes.

Media release furnished by Nantucket Police

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