Joplin, Mo - On Wednesday, August 1, the Joplin Police Department was notified of sex crimes against three children that occurred in the city of Joplin.
Detectives were immediately notified and started an investigation. They also located and arrested Mathew D. Galati, 29 that same evening.
As the investigation continued through the end of the week, three additional juvenile victims were identified. Detectives also served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence on Thursday, August 2, 2018 as part of this investigation.
Galati has been charged by the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office with 4 counts of Statutory Sodomy of a person less than 12-years-old, and 2 counts of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree.
He is currently held at the Jasper County Jail with a $150,000 cash only bond.
Galati had access to the victims through his involvements in more than one church.
The case is still under investigation and additional charges are possible.