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Former church youth leader sentenced to 15 years

Former church youth leader Kenneth Scott Marshall, 37, of Marsh Hawk Road in Mathews was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison by Judge Jeffrey W. Shaw during a hearing on Wednesday morning in Mathews Circuit Court. Shaw also imposed an additional three-year sentence under guidelines allowing for additional time in felony cases. Those three years were suspended.

Marshall was also ordered to undergo psycho-sexual treatment while in prison and, upon his release, will be prohibited from going within 100 feet of any school or day care center, playground, gymnasium, athletic field, school bus, or school-related activity. He is also prohibited from having contact with the victim. He requested an appeal.

Marshall was convicted by a Williamsburg jury last September of one felony count of forceful sodomy of a 15-year-old boy with an intellectual disability. The jury recommended that he serve 15 years in prison for the crime.

Testimony during the trial revealed that the victim, who is now 17 ...

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