Statutory rape suspect surrenders to police

Statutory rape suspect surrenders to police

A Novato resident facing statutory rape and associated charges turned himself in at the Novato Police Department on Wednesday morning, as detailed in a press release issued by NPD Detective Sergeant Michael Howard.

Matthew Landon Corbin, who will turn 26 on May 21, was arrested on charges stemming from his romantic and sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female. “They met through mutual acquaintances,” Howard explained, “and I believe that developed into some sort of romantic relationship over time.” The pair were involved between early and late 2013, between six or nine months, according to Howard.

The victim’s family brought the relationship to the attention of the Novato Police Department after learning that she had become pregnant as a result of their encounters. Corbin turned himself in upon learning of the allegations against him, arriving at the police department at 90 Machin Avenue in Novato at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Corbin met with NPD Detective Steve Cogan upon his arrival. Howard described Corbin as “one of the first that I’m aware of” to voluntarily come in for an arrest.

Corbin faces charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and an additional infliction of great bodily injury allegation. The bodily injury charge is “directly related to the pregnancy,” and its associated health risks, Howard explained. Corbin has not been accused of inflicting any separate injuries on the victim.

Officers booked Corbin into Marin County Jail, where his bail was set at $50,000, according to the Marin Independent Journal. Howard confirmed that this amount aligns with the felony bail schedule. Corbin bailed out of jail on Wednesday and is awaiting review by the district attorney’s office.

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