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Sex offender returns to Smokey Point

SMOKEY POINT — A blue-eyed, brown-haired white man, five-feet eight-inches tall weighing 160 pounds, Charlie Mathison was known as “the candy man” by neighborhood children and now he is back in town after serving his 68-month sentence for child molestation in the first degree. He is living in the18800 block of Smokey Point Boulevard, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Mathison is not wanted by the police at this time.

Mathison was found guilty by stipulated trial in April 2002 in Snohomish County Superior Court and was sentenced to 68 months in prison. This sentence was suspended and Mathison was granted a special sex offender sentencing alternative when he agreed to serve six months in jail and attend community-based sex-offender treatment.

The conviction was the result of Mathison sexually assaulting a known female between the ages of 10 to 12 years at the time. Mathison lured children into his residence by offering candy, allowing them to play video games and watch television. The children were also allowed to take photographs and be photographed. Mathison would leave pornographic magazines, pornographic photos and videos, and photos of Mathison that were sexual in nature out in the open so that the children would see them. Some of the photos of Mathison that were sexual in nature had been taken by children. Mathison admitted to a 23-year history of sexually assaulting and exposing himself to over 200 victims who were female children from the age of five to 12 years old. Mathison has also admitted to stalking children and watching them at playgrounds, seeking out children that were alone. He would also target children who had separated parents or were without a father.

Mathison pled guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court on Aug. 27, 2003 on one count of indecent exposure. He was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. This conviction was the result of Mathison exposing himself to an unknown 6-year-old female victim at a large department store. Mathison had been observed by store security staff exposing himself to the victim. Mathison admitted to exposing himself to numerous victims in a similar manner for the previous five months.

As a result of this conviction Mathison’s SSOSA sentence was revoked and he served his original 68-month sentence in prison. Mathison has since gone through the process of being civilly committed as a sexually violent predator and was found not to meet the criteria to be civilly committed. However, he is considered to be at high risk to re-offend.

Mathison will be on active supervision by the Washington State Department of Corrections for 36 months.

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