An Oswego man, Matthew J. Barkley, 53, of the 4600 block of McClaren Drive, who was convicted on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse last December, has been sentenced to six and one-half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.
In addition, Barkley will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, according to information provided by the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office.
Judge Timothy McCann sentenced Barkley on Friday, April 5 at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville to six months less than the maximum penalty after hearing additional evidence that Barkley had stalked several high school age girls between late 2012 and August of 2016, which included stealing an iPad from one girl and leaving it as a gift on a porch for another girl, and leaving more than 20 pairs of women’s underwear either on the cars or the property of these girls.
In imposing his sentence, McCann described Barkley as “dangerous” and noted the community is not safe having him (Barkley) around.
The State's Attorney's Office filed charges against Barkley following an Oswego Police Department investigation that began in June 2016. According to the State's Attorney's Office, an 11-year-old girl and her mother were looking at fish displays at an Oswego retail store when Barkley, an employee of the store, offered to assist them. As they looked at the aquariums, Barkley made physical contact twice with the 11-year-old girl. The girl’s mother, who noticed that Barkley was standing “too close” to the girl, saw that the defendant’s penis was exposed. The jury also heard evidence during the December 2018 jury trial that in 2013 Barkley was arrested for masturbating behind a pre-teen/teen cheerleader training facility in Aurora while looking through a window on the back of the facility.
County State's Attorney Eric Weis thanked the court for its careful consideration and attention to such a sensitive and serious matter.
Weis also praised the hard work and dedication of the Oswego Police Department for their investigation and pursuit of justice for the victim of this crime, as well as the Naperville Police Department, Yorkville Police Department, the Aurora Police Department and the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office for assisting with the evidence presented at the sentencing hearing.
Barkley has been in custody since August of 2016 when he was arrested on stalking charges that are pending trial in Will County.
Weis also commended First Assistant Mark Shlifka and Assistant Robert Dore, who tried this case, for their efforts in obtaining a conviction on this case.
“There are no victims of crime more vulnerable than our children, especially when they are victims of sexual predators. It is the duty of this Office to aggressively prosecute offenders like Barkley. Child sexual abuse victims suffer not just physical injury but psychological harm that can last long after the physical scars have healed," Weis said in the press release.