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Janesville man convicted in abduction case arrested

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Ted Sullivan
January 20, 2011
— A Janesville man convicted of attempting to abduct a 7-year-old girl from her home on Christmas Eve in 2000 was arrested Tuesday for violating his parole.

Leonard Matson, 40, of 203 W. Sunny Lane, Janesville, had an outstanding warrant after walking away from his halfway house, according to the Janesville Police Department.


Matson was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 25 years extended supervision in the attempted abduction incident, according to police. He was transferred from the Oregon Correctional Institution to Janesville's Rock Valley Corrections in December.


Matson left Rock Valley Corrections on Friday to look for a job, according to police. He didn't return and a warrant was issued for his arrest.


According to police:


Matson was convicted of trying to kidnap a girl while her father grilled a turkey for the family's Christmas dinner.


The father had walked in the front door when he saw Matson dragging the girl out the back door.


Matson fled and left the girl behind. A detective followed Matson's footprints in the snow to Matson's parents' house. Items from the girl's home were found in Matson's clothing.


After Matson left Rock Valley Corrections on Friday, the girl's father learned that Matson had violated his parole. The father called a detective, who contacted some of Matson's relatives.


The detective learned that Matson's sister took Matson to the probation and parole office in Janesville to turn himself in.



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