A 33-year-old Mount Pleasant man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl for two years in her mother’s home.
The girl’s mother has also been arrested for not reporting the incident to authorities.
Matthew D. Vivio was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with repeated sexual assault of a child. If convicted of the charge, Vivio faces up to 40 years in prison and/or fined up to $100,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Vivio sexually assaulted a now 10-year-old girl for two years in her mother’s Mount Pleasant home. Vivio and Ashley Larsen, the girl’s mother, live together and have dated for seven years.
The girl told her mother what had happened several days after the first incident, but she never reported it to authorities. When confronted by Larsen, Vivio initially denied the abuse but then confessed to Larsen and apologized for his behavior. In April, the girl reported the abuse to Larsen again. But Larsen told the girl not to tell her biological father because he would hurt Vivio.
The girl then reported the abuse to someone at her school, who brought in an investigator with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. The investigator learned that after the girl reported the incident to her school, she told her mother about what she had done. Larsen told the girl that she was happy she told someone about it.
Larsen framed the abuse as “not age appropriate,” but that “it wasn’t like rape or anything because he wouldn’t put anything in” her. Vivio allegedly touched the girl inappropriately. He also performed oral sex on the girl and had her perform oral sex on him.
Larsen told police during the interview that she knew something had happened, but nothing else had happened after her daughter reported the abuse to her. She admitted to having ” messed up ‘big time'” and that she had planned to leave Vivio after the holidays.
Vivio is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.
Larsen has also been arrested in the case and is listed as a co-defendant on the criminal complaint, but there is no record of a criminal complaint being filed with courts, according to the state’s court records.
Racine County Eye has phone calls in the Racine County District Attorney’s Office about Larsen’s arrest.