Franklin resident Kenneth Marlin, 66, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the sexual abuse of five children that took place on his family’s farm in Hemmingford in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Marlin was convicted on 20 charges on January 20, 2023, including sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, and sexual assault. He was sentenced on November 30 by Quebec Court Justice Joey Dubois.
CTV News reports that the five children involved in the case were between the ages of seven and 15 at the time of the abuse. Two of the victims had been sent to live with the Marlin family by social services. Marlin, a volunteer fireman, would have been between the ages of 23 and 34 when the abuse took place.
Marlin was arrested in Franklin by Sûreté du Québec officers on February 4, 2020, after one of the grown victims went to the police in June of 2019.
Marlin denied the accusations and maintained his innocence during his 2022 trial. According to CTV News, Marlin’s lawyer, Alexandre Paradis, has confirmed his client plans to appeal the conviction.
Marlin will be placed on the sex-offender registry for 20 years as part of his sentence and will be required to submit a DNA sample. During this 20-year period, has also been ordered not to go near public parks where people under 16 may be present; not to go near the victims’ homes; to not seek employment or volunteer work where he would be in a position of authority to anyone under 16; and to refrain from communicating with anyone under 16 unless they are family. (SR)