Cleveland man charged with Jan. 30 rape


CLEVELAND, Ga. — After a lengthy investigation the White County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the rape of a 66-year-old Cleveland woman.

According to the arrest report, Matthew Daniel Gillespie, 26, was arrested Sept 18 and charged with of Jan. 30, 2018 rape as well as first-degree burglary (felony); possession of methamphetamine; exploitation or infliction of pain or deprivation of essential services to disabled person, elder person or resident (felony); and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon, or silencer.

The victim stated she was awakened by a male intruder in her bedroom who was wearing a white mask and white gloves. She told deputies the man was startled when a neighbor’s car started. When she told the man her neighbor usually checks on her, he left the bedroom and ran away.

One of the gloves was left behind and deputies took it into evidence.



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