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Man cleared of sex trafficking charge
Matthew Humphries
Matthew Humphries

After several weeks behind bars, a North Forsyth man has been released from custody and cleared of a sex trafficking charge that was made after a missing 16-year-old metro Atlanta female was found by Forsyth County detectives at his residence in late May.

Matthew Lee Humphries, 31, was released from the Forsyth County Jail Tuesday, June 12, on a bond of $2,020 after a charge of felony trafficking in sexual servitude was withdrawn by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. He still faces other charges.

According to Assistant District Attorney Sandra Partridge, after the incident was investigated, the charge was withdrawn due to a lack of evidence necessary to prosecute the case.

“There was probable cause to arrest, but upon further investigation it was determined that it could not be proven, so the warrant was withdrawn,” Partridge said.

Humphries was initially arrested on May 19 after the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call concerning a juvenile at his North Forsyth residence, according to a news release by Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

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