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Hearing Set for Next Week for Clarion Man Charged in Incest Case

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

incest-suspectCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next week for a Clarion man facing charges in an incest case.

According to court documents, 39-year-old Robert Daniel Martin will stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, on the following charges:

– Incest of Minor – Complainant 13-18 Years, Felony 2
– Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1

The charges stem from an interview with a female victim on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Clarion-based State Police barracks regarding an incident of incest that occurred at a known location in Clarion County.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint filed on Sunday, May 5, by Trooper Berggren, of PSP Clarion, in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office, the victim disclosed acts that had occurred between Robert Martin and herself.

The victim related these acts took place on a regular basis between March of 2016 and September of 2017.

The victim stated that during this time span, Martin allegedly had sexual intercourse with her and told her not to tell anyone, saying “it is just between you and I,” according to the complaint.

The victim was questioned by Martin when he discovered that she disclosed the allegations to a known woman.

According to the complaint, Martin’s “whereabouts were unknown for approximately 24 hours, while he sent ‘suicidal-like’ text messages and emails to various family members.”

He was “ultimately located by use of cellular telephone pings,” the complaint continues.

Martin was arraigned at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, and placed in the Clarion County Jail. He was released on May 13 after posting $25,000.00 cash bail.

Recent Sentencing in Open Lewdness Case

President Judge James Arner sentenced Martin on Wednesday, May 8, to one year of probation on a third-degree misdemeanor count of Open Lewdness.

He was also ordered to the following conditions:

– Pay the costs of prosecution and supervision fee;
– Have no contact with the victim or members of their family;
– Receive a mental health evaluation and follow through with any recommended treatment; and
– Perform 25 hours of community service.

Court documents indicate Martin pleaded guilty to Open Lewdness on April 10, 2019.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Indecent Exposure, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Open Lewdness, Misdemeanor 3

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred in downtown Clarion in July of 2018.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, Trooper Knight, of PSP Clarion, was traveling north on 5th Avenue in Clarion when a woman waved him down.

The woman stated that around 11:30 a.m., as she was walking along Wood Street, she stopped to remove something stuck on the bottom of her shoe. While she was stopped, a white male driving a silver Chevrolet pickup stopped at the nearby stop sign and yelled out of his vehicle window to her.

According to the victim, when she approached his truck and looked inside, the man raised his pelvic area and displayed his uncovered genitals. The victim said she then walked away and the vehicle made a right turn onto 5th Avenue, allowing her to note the registration number, according to the complaint.

Trooper Knight ran the registration through CLEAN/NCIC and obtained a photo of the registered owner of the vehicle, Robert Daniel Martin. The victim identified Martin as the man who had exposed himself to her.

According to the complaint, Trooper Knight interviewed Martin later that day, and Martin admitted to interacting with the victim at the location described but claimed he had a sex toy on his lap that he believed she must have seen.

On July 30, Trooper Knight was informed that a similar incident had occurred on June 9 near the intersection of Main Street and 8th Avenue in Clarion.

During an interview with Trooper Knight, the second victim stated she was waiting to pull out of a parking lot when she saw a silver Chevrolet Silverado go by her with the driver’s pelvic area lifted and his genitals exposed.

Trooper Knight showed the second victim a the photo of Martin, and she positively identified him as the individual who had exposed himself while driving by her, the complaint states.

Martin was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn on May 5 and lodged in the Clarion County Jail on $25,000.00 monetary bail.

He was released on May 13 on a surety posted by a professional bondsman.

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