By Karen Hall
A Lewisburg man entered a "best-interest plea" this week to a charge of aggravated sexual battery and received a lengthy sentence.
Two other charges against Clint A. Marlow Sr., 32, of Cummings Circle, were dropped in exchange for the plea, and he received a 13-year sentence.
Clint Marlow thus avoided being tried on all three counts and - if he were found guilty - he might have received a much longer sentence.
Clint Marlow will be on community supervision for life, as well as being listed on the sex offender registry. He must serve 100 percent of his sentence, though it could be reduced by 15 percent for good behavior.
His wife, Julie Marlow, 34, was also involved in the case, and pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.
"From Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, Julie Marlow did knowingly and intentionally conceal Clint Marlow at her residence," Lewisburg Police Detective Scott Braden wrote in the warrant for her arrest. She "was well aware that Clint Marlow had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for child rape," Braden continued.
In stating the factual basis for the charges against the Marlows, Assistant District Attorney Mike Randles said Julie Marlow contacted the Police Department in July 2011 and alleged her husband had inappropriate sexual contact with a boy in 2007, when the child was seven years old.
Randles commended the police department for the thorough investigation that led to the warrant for Clint Marlow's arrest.
The ADA said Julie Marlow called police in January and told them she'd seen Clint Marlow in Columbia, and told them his whereabouts.
Clint Marlow was arrested on Jan. 4, but further investigation by Braden uncovered that Julie Marlow "was not truthful," according to Randles, and that Clint Marlow had been secretly living at home with his wife and several young children.
This led to Julie Marlow being charged as an accessory after the fact. She pled guilty to this and was sentenced to a year and six months in jail, of which she just serve 90 days.
Julie Marlow's attorney, Debbie Zimmerle, asked that her client be allowed to report to jail in two weeks, and Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler agreed. He told Julie Marlow to be ready to be taken into custody at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, the next time Circuit Court is held in Lewisburg.
Clint Marlow was represented by the Public Defender's Office.
Also due to report on June 27 is David Deridder, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to four years confinement, of which he must serve at least 30 percent before being eligible for a parole board hearing.
In giving the factual basis of the charge, Randles said Deridder was armed with a knife when he got into a domestic altercation on Nov. 20. Even though the woman was unhurt, Deridder did "display a deadly weapon," resulting in the aggravated assault charge.