A Murrayville man took the stand at his sentencing hearing to say he was “not the monster I’m made out to be” following a trial the week before.
Matthew David Cwik, 49, was found guilty Wednesday, Aug. 8, on one count of aggravated child molestation and five counts of child molestation, according to court documents. He was given a life sentence with 40 years incarceration and probation thereafter.
“It’s just a sad case. Everything about it is sad,” his attorney Page Pate said following the sentencing.
The allegations in the indictment involve Cwik performing “immoral and indecent acts” on a girl under the age of 16 between September 2012 and July 2014.
Cwik’s mother, Barbara Cwik, took the stand to defend her son and say he is “not a malicious sexual predator.”
While addressing the court, Matthew Cwik said he was sorry for the mistakes he had made. Not wanting to be separated from his children, Cwik said he decided to “fight till the end” and take the case to trial.
Pate previously said he believed the charges did not accurately reflect what took place.
When addressing the court, Assistant District Attorney Anna Fowler said she felt there was a lack of remorse before giving her sentencing recommendation.