Dad accused of molesting son for six years

Matthew S. Shirley
Mug shot of Matthew S. Shirley provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Charges were filed on Monday against a Fort Wayne father who allegedly raped and molested his young son over the course of six years.

Police began their investigation in July of 2013 after the victim told his 15-year-old brother that “his dad was touching him.” The brother then told an adult friend who then told the boys’ mother. The victim’s mother notified police of the alleged molestation on July 21, 2013.

According to court documents, the last time Matthew S. Shirley, 36, molested his son was when he was 12 years old.

The victim told police in an interview that he could not remember how old he was when his father touched him sexually for the first time, but he knew he was old enough to walk and talk.

Police said the victim told them his dad raped and molested him from January 2007 to July 2013.

Shirley told his son not to tell anyone, according to court documents.

Shirley was charged with six felony counts of child molesting on Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, Shirley was listed in Allen County Lockup. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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