On May 14, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona resident Matthew Dunlap made his first appearance in Desert Ridge Justice Court, State of Arizona, County of Maricopa. Along with his fiancée, Marisa Marie Claire, he’s been charged with multiple sex crimes against a seven-year-old child. Who is Dunlap? What did he confess to? Who was his alleged victim? Let’s look at the details available on him and the crimes he’s charged with committing, plus what we know about his previous criminal record.
Who Is Matthew Dunlap?
Matthew Kevin Dunlap is 40 years old. He has a brother and a sister listed on his Facebook profile. According to his Facebook, Dunlap is from Miami, Florida, but lives in Sedona, Arizona.
|About Matthew Kevin Dunlap|
|Siblings||Jasta Byrd, Kristyn Dunlap|
|PARTNER||Marisa Marie Claire|
He went to Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Arizona, graduating in 1996. He also studied at Yavapai College, in Prescott, Arizona.
Dunlap’s Facebook page says he works at Gone Green Store, run out of Sedona, Arizona. The web store sells environmentally friendly products and looks to create social, environmental, and economic justice solutions.
According to court documents, he isn’t employed and does not have a home of his own.
Dunlap has been living with 36-year-old Marisa Marie Claire for at least four months. His Facebook profile lists the couple as engaged since November 28, 2015.
Claire is a crossing guard at Esperanza Elementary School.
Photos on the couple’s social media accounts picture them with three young boys. It’s not known if these are their children or relatives.
Matthew Dunlap’s Prior Prison Sentence
According to a social media conversation from June 2015, Dunlap has been in prison before. His comment in response to someone asking how he’s been was: “Working hard and doing all the right things so I don’t go back to prison. 3 years isn’t much but it was enough for me. How about you?”
Research confirms that Matthew K. Dunlap went on trial in Yavapai County, Arizona, in 2012. He was convicted of attempt to commit trafficking in stolen property (two counts) and theft. He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
Dunlop, Inmate #277248, was in prison from December 20, 2012, to July 30, 2014. He was last incarcerated at Arizona State Prison Complex – Douglas.
Matthew Dunlap’s 2018 Arrest & Charges
Dunlap was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on the evening of May 11, 2018. According to court documents, he attempted to flee from Sedona to Phoenix before he was caught.
He has been charged with the following:
- Eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor
- 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor
- One count of molestation of a child
The date of the alleged offense is marked as July 23, 2016.
Matthew Dunlap’s Confession
When arrested, Dunlap confessed to having sexually molested a seven-year-old girl.
According to Dunlap, he engaged in “sex acts” with the child on multiple occasions between October 2016 and October 2017.
Dunlap admitted that he and his girlfriend molested the little girl twice a week for that period.
They also filmed video of the acts.
Because of this, investigators served Apple Inc. with a warrant for Dunlap’s iCloud storage account.
From that iCloud account, authorities obtained multiple videos allegedly showing adults performing sex acts with a child. So far, Dunlap has been identified in eight of those videos and Claire in two.
Who’s the Alleged Victim?
According to Dunlap’s statement to investigators, the little girl they allegedly molested was known to him and Claire.
Claire has a photo on her Facebook profile of a little blonde girl she refers to as her “honorary niece.” Based on a comment two days ago on that photo, this child may be the alleged victim.
A man we won’t name in order to protect the victim’s privacy commented:
“I want my daughter’s picture removed from this. These 2 SICK [expletive] were arrested yesterday…”
The man’s comment goes on to purport that the alleged molester may have also admitted to performing sex acts with his niece as well since August 2016. However, no additional charges against Dunlap have been announced as of yet.
What’s Next for Matthew Dunlap?
Dunlap’s first court appearance was May 14, 2018.
The Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County has ordered Dunlap released on bond of $150,000. It’s not clear if he’s been released from jail yet.
Once out, he’s permitted to stay with his parents in Yavapai County. Dunlap is not permitted to be in contact with any minors while out on bail.
His next hearing, a status conference, is May 18. His preliminary court hearing is set for May 22.