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Man is found not guilty of sex offense, assault counts

January 06, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 51-year-old man was acquitted Thursday by a Washington County Circuit Court jury on charges he forced his estranged wife to perform oral sex while holding her captive, according to court documents.

The jury found Cleotha Marshall not guilty of second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and false imprisonment in connection with the alleged Dec. 13, 2005, incident in Williamsport, according to court records.

Marshall was found guilty by the jury of violating a protective order, according to court documents.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered Marshall serve 90 days in jail for the conviction, but gave Marshall credit for 90 days already served, according to court records.

Court costs were waived, according to court documents.

According to charging documents, Marshall's estranged wife called police after walking to work from her Williamsport home, where she claimed Marshall locked her inside and put duct tape over her mouth. Marshall's estranged wife removed the tape before she alleged Marshall forced her to perform oral sex, according to charging documents.

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Marshall was represented by Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison and prosecuted by Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

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