The man looking to unseat Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx said his candidacy was spurred in part by four recent cases where men admitted to molesting a child but were not charged with felonies.City prosecutors allege sex crimes mishandled
The child victims ranged from a 3-year-old girl to a 13-year-old developmentally-delayed boy. In each of the cases, the suspect was either a caregiver, relative, a daycare provider or a church youth mentor/pastor.
The crimes occurred as far back as the early 2000s, but were denied felony prosecution in the last two years by Marx and his office. Marx's office has full discretion when it comes to seeking felony indictments from a grand jury, but the Lancaster Law Director and city prosecutor's office, which deals only in misdemeanor offenses, believes too many serious cases are being rejected for felony charges.
Kyle Witt, an assistant prosecutor in the city prosecutor's office, said the lack of prosecution in certain cases is one of the main reasons he is running against Marx in the upcoming March 15 Republican primary election. Witt and Senior City Prosecutor Stephanie Hall pointed to the four child molestation cases as some of the most serious acts that received no felony prosecutorial action.
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