York man sentenced to prison for child abuse, meth possession

YORK – Robert Mattson, Sr., 47, of York, has been sentenced to prison in a case initially involving three counts of felony child abuse and one count of methamphetamine possession.

According to court documents, the case began when a probation officer asked the York Police Department to assist with a probation search at a residence in York. The probation officer advised Johnson had tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine during his recent drug tests, investigators said.

When officers arrived, according to the affidavit, they were told he wasn’t there, but when they called his cell phone they could hear it ringing inside the apartment. They were granted consent to search and found Mattson hiding in a closet.

According to court documents, they found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue lying on a bed beside a torch lighter. They also found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in a drawer beside the bed and in the same drawer was a bottle labeled “Children’s Ibuprofen” that contained broken glass and methamphetamine residue. The officer also found on a couch where a child had been sleeping a ripped plastic narcotics sale baggie that contained a white residue that tested positive as methamphetamine.

The affidavit says, “The apartment was observed to be very dirty with trash, dirty diapers, dirty clothes and items strewn about. (A child) was observed to be sleeping on an uncovered urine-soaked mattress with various stains of unknown origin that was lying on top of a pile of clothes. (Another child) was sleeping on a urine-soaked mattress inside a crib. All of the children were observed to be dirty and smelling and did not appear to have bathed in the recent past. The methamphetamine was located in areas that were all within easy access of the juvenile children.”

During an earlier hearing, Mattson pleaded no contest to one count of child abuse, a Class 3A felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. In return for his no contest plea, two more counts of child abuse were dismissed.

This past week, in York County District Court, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for child abuse and 12 months in prison for possession of a controlled substance. He was given credit for 43 days already served in the York County Jail.



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