JOPLIN, Mo. – A southwest Missouri man is charged with sexually abusing three boys he met through an Oklahoma church.
The Joplin Globe reports that 29-year-old Matthew Galati, of Joplin, Missouri, was arrested last week. He is jailed on a $150,000 cash only bond on four counts of statutory sodomy with a child under 12 years old and two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy.
The charges stem from allegations made by three male members of a youth group at the New Beginnings Life Church In Miami, Oklahoma. The affidavit indicates that most of the alleged abuse of the boys took place in Joplin.
Joplin police Capt. Trevor Duncan says three other alleged victims have been identified and that more charges are anticipated. No attorney is listed for Galati in online court records.