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Jury acquits and convicts Decatur man on child sex charges

Jury acquits and convicts Decatur man on child sex charges

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DECATUR — A jury found Mark A. Marquis not guilty on multiple charges that he sexually assaulted two Decatur boys, but also convicted him on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against the same victims.

It took the Macon County Circuit Court jury four hours and 25 minutes of deliberation before reaching its verdict late Wednesday afternoon after a two-day trial.

Marquis, 68, had originally faced a total of 11 charges but two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and two aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges never reached the jury. They were overturned on directed verdicts from Judge Erick Hubbard after a motion by Marquis attorney Steve Jones.

The jury then found Marquis not guilty on three further counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The two aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges they did convict on apply to each of the victims — one now in his 20s, the other a teenager — who were abused as boys aged under 10.

On a motion by Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz, and over the objection of Jones, Hubbard’s bond was ordered revoked and he’s being held in custody at the Macon County Jail. The judge has scheduled a status hearing for Dec. 11 when sentencing is expected.

Marquis is eligible for probation on each count but also also faces up to seven years in prison; he will also have to register for life as a sex offender.

During the trial, the prosecution said it had no forensic or physical evidence, just the word of the two victims against an abuser they had treated like a grandfather.

But Jones argued that the victim’s stories lacked “detail and consistency," coming years after the alleged events, and he said the boys had kept up friendly contacts with Marquis until the allegations surfaced just a year ago.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review 

 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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