Guilty Verdict Reached in Child Sex Abuse Case

After a two day jury trial in Boone Superior Court I, a jury returned a guilty verdict late yesterday against Ronald Marshall. The Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid presided over the proceedings of the jury trial.  The Defendant was represented by defense attorney Allan Reid.  The defendant testified on his own behalf during the two day jury trial.

The Defendant was convicted of all eight counts that were filed against him, which included 3 counts of Child Exploitation, as level 5 felonies, 3 counts of possession of child pornography, as level 6 felonies, and 2 counts of voyeurism, as level 6 felonies. The investigation of this case was conducted by the Lebanon Police Department, with Detective Tony Bayles leading the investigation. Following the guilty verdict Judge Kincaid revoked Mr. Marshall’s bond and he will be held in jail until his sentencing. The Court has not yet scheduled a sentencing date, although it is likely to occur within the next 60 days.  The Defendant could face up to 6 years in prison on the Level 5 Felonies along with a $10,000 fine, and up to 2 ½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the level 6 Felonies.  Prosecutor Meyer indicated the State will seek the maximum penalty against this Defendant based on these convictions.

Following the verdict, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Todd Meyer stated: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this case.”  Prosecutor Meyer went on to state: “I view my responsibility of protecting the children of this community as priority #1.”

Mr. Marshall has a second case pending in Boone County where the allegations in that case include charges similar to what he was convicted of on Thursday and also maintains two counts of child molesting as level 4 felonies. The trial in that matter is set for April 11, 2018.