77 Year Old Won't Serve Jail Time for Molestation Charges

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January 6, 2007

A 77 year old man has been put on probation for 2 years for molesting a young girl while he was spreading religious word.

Claude Martin was a well respected Jehovah's Witness who was going door to door and inappropriately touched a 10 year old girl at a kitchener home in 2000 or 2001.

He was acquitted after a five-day trial of a second count involving a girl who was about the same age during an alleged incident in the late 1980s.

It wasn't included as evidence, but the court was also told about a statement Martin made to police in 2003. He claimed to have had a problem with sexual fantasied involving young girls.

He gave the statement while police were investigating an allegation that Martin exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl delivering newspapers. He was not charged in that incident.

The probation term includes an order to get counselling. He's also been placed on a sex offender registry. Martin cannot work with children and is banned from parks, pools and anywhere that's frequently visited by kids.


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