Westminster Man Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment By Violence

A Westminster man pleaded guilty to false imprisonment by violence and four counts of sexual battery. Matthew Linville, 20, was sentenced to three years in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Linville, approached Jane Doe #1 as she was jogging in a neighborhood in Huntington Beach. Linville grabbed Jane Doe #1 on the buttocks, pushed her to the ground, and groped her. He then fled the scene after the sexual assault.

Then on Sept. 13, 2013, Linville approached Jane Doe #2 at a Burlington Coat Factory in Huntington Beach. Linville grabbed the Jane Doe #2 on the buttocks as she was shopping and fled the scene. Soon thereafter, Linville approached Jane Doe #3 at a parking structure across the street from the Bella Terra outdoor shopping mall. Linville lifted the victims skirt up from behind at which time she fell to the ground. Linville then grabbed the buttocks and fled the scene. Half an hour later, Linville approached Jane Doe #4 in the parking lot at Hoover Golf Center in Westminster. Linville walked up to the victim from behind and grabbed her buttocks.

The victims did not know Linville or each other. Huntington Beach Police Department and Westminster investigated the case.

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