was a Mormon church member and foster child advocate in Arizona; found guilty of child sexual abuse; sentenced to 15 years in prison

Case Summary

LDS church member Matthew Legrand Arrington was arrested by Mesa, Arizona police in the late 2010s.

Arrington was a foster and adoptive father who had been an advocate for the community through Foster Arizona.

He was found guilty of sexual abuse of the very children he “rescued” from the system.

He took a plea deal. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Arrington was once a little league umpire as well as a kids’ basketball coach.

He was married in 1995.

  1. Maricopa County, Arizona court case #CR2019-003486
    view source details | 28 Feb 2023 | Maricopa.gov
  2. the accused was a little league umpire and kids' basketball coach
    view source details | 5 Mar 1998 | Arizona Republic
  3. the accused was married in 1995
    view source details | 15 Sep 1994 | Tucson Citizen
  4. Teen girls allege abuse, molestation by Mesa man
    view source details | 23 May 2019 | Arizona Republic
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