Man Arrested After Secretly Living in Attic of Teen's Home: Police

The man was arrested after violating a protection order in June.
Mt. Juliet Police

A man was reportedly secretly living a Tennessee attic, visiting a 14-year-old in the home every night, and was only discovered after the teen's mother came home to find him standing at the top of the stairs.

The man, identified as 18-year-old Matthew Castro, had been sleeping in the attic, sneaking into the teen's room through a door in her bedroom closet, Fox 17 reported. 

The teen’s mom came home on June 2 and found Castro at the top of her stairs and asked him to leave, but instead, he ran into her daughter’s room and then the attic, the paper reported.

The mom called police, and authorities say they forcefully removed Castro.

He was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing, according to reports. A protection order was also put in place for him to stay away from the teen.

At the time of his June 2 arrest, he had already been given warnings to stay away from the teen by authorities after they had allegedly tried to run away together, police said.

Castro's mother told WSMV that he has mental health issues and the 14-year-old often calls him over for help with emotional issues.

Since the June 2 incident, Castro has been rearrested for violating the order put in place after he was seen walking toward the 14-year-old’s house on Thursday, Mt. Juliet Police said. 

Castro was bailed out on a $2,000 bond Thursday.

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