County inmate hit with over 220 new charges

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Bailey Calamity Matrix, 21, Greenfield

HANCOCK COUNTY — A Greenfield man who was arrested by county officials for domestic battery charges in early April is now facing another issue. Officials with the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office have opened a new case against the man and charged him with over 220 invasion of privacy crimes and felony obstruction of justice charges.

Bailey Calamity Matrix, 21, Hancock County Jail, was originally arrested April 10 and charged with a Level 6 felony count of domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and a Class A misdemeanor count of domestic battery. That case is being handled in Hancock County Superior Court 2 where a no-contact order was issued April 22 along with magistrate Cody Coombs setting a $2,000 cash bond.

The no-contact order, which Matrix signed, specifically told him he could not have any contact, via in-person, phone or letter with the victim prior to a pending trial on the charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officials with the Hancock County Jail noted while monitoring inmate text message and calls officials became aware Matrix was communicating with the victim via her number, his number and other inmate numbers and did so 224 times.

Matrix has now been charged in Hancock County Superior Court 1 with the new crimes for violating the no-contact court order. Matrix is facing two different Level 5 counts of attempt to commit obstruction of justice in a domestic violence case in addition to the 224 Class A misdemeanor charges of invasion of privacy – person violates a court-ordered protective order.

Matrix made his initial appearance on the new charges today in Superior Court 1 via a video hearing where Judge D.J. Davis entered another no-contact order and set a cash bond of $100,000. Davis also put a 15-day hold on Matrix, meaning he can not bond out during the hold. A status conference has also been set for July 3.

Officials noted in the probable cause affidavit that a call on April 13 was heard where Matrix was trying to convince the victim how to answer a judge’s questions. Then on a call placed April 14, Matrix can be heard saying, “Tell the clerk’s office and the bailiff you were coerced into pressing charges, which is technically true.” The victim responded with, “Well, it’s not,” the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Matrix reached out to the victim over 220 times using his number or other inmate phone numbers via calls and text messages starting in April and going into June.

The affidavit states that, on one call in April, Matrix is heard saying, “All you have to do is go to the court and explain to them that you were coerced into pressing charges and that you don’t want to go through with it.” The victim responded with, “But then I’d be lying.” Matrix then said, “If the new charges continue, it is going to be a lot worse. So, I really need you to go through with dropping the charges.”

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Aimee Herring said the prosecutor’s office has noticed a large increase in the number of victims reporting violations of no-contact orders that have been court-issued at a defendant’s initial hearing, and the cases are generally surrounding crimes of violence.

“After a person has endured the trauma of being victimized by a perpetrator, the last thing they should have to worry about is continued contact from the person who harmed them,” Herring said.

It’s why jail officials and the prosecutor’s office have created a new Jail Investigation Team (JIT) to look into crimes committed by inmates while in the Hancock County Jail. The Daily Reporter will have more on the JIT work in a report next week.

In the meantime, Matrix remains an inmate in the county jail where he now faces 228 charges.