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Marion man convicted of sexual assault of a child


WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- A Marion man has been convicted on multiple charges, including sexual assault of a child.

On September 10, David I. Blue, 44, of Marion, was convicted of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The convictions came after a three-day trial.

Blue was charged back in February 2020, after an investigation by the Marion Police Dept. shoed Blue committed the offenses against a child under the age of 13 from March 2018 to October 2019.

Eight witnesses testified during the trial, including the victim, who testified with the aid of the State’s Attorney support dog Zoey.

Blue will be sentenced on October 18, where he faces up to 60 years in IDOC.

“This was a very difficult case, as sexual assaults of children are some of the worst cases we have to handle. We hope this verdict brings a sense of justice to the victim and her family. I want to thank the Marion Police Department for their excellent investigative work, as well as the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center and DFCS for their great work in helping get this case prepared for trial. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Slayton for his exemplary work in this trial, and Zoey for always being such a calming force for our victims.” -State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti 

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