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UNG student arrested for alleged inappropriate conduct with a juvenile
Matthew Lunsford
Matthew Lunsford

A 21-year-old from Forsyth County has been arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for alleged inappropriate contact with a juvenile.

Matthew Lunsford, 21, of Gainesville was arrested May 24, 2018 on a charge of felony child molestation, for an alleged incident with an unrelated juvenile female, said Deputy Jenny Belafi, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Lunsford’s attorney, Manny Arora the incident between his client and a 15-year-old girl occurred in August of 2017.

"There was nothing non-consensual about it,” Arora said. “It was just that he was friends with this young lady at acting class and apparently at some point some of the text messages between them were discovered."

Arora also added that Lunsford is autistic and, “doesn't have the same social awareness as a lot of people would," saying that may have contributed to the incident.

Lunsford, according to his Facebook profile, is a student at the University of North Georgia and a graduate of Horizon Christian Academy in Cumming.

Lunsford booked into the Forsyth County Jail Thursday evening, and was released Friday afternoon on a bond of $19,800.

Both the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on this case.

This case is currently under investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.