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Cumberland man faces child sex charges

Posted May 27, 2011

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— A Cumberland County man faces allegations that he sexually abused an 8-year-old girl.

Sheriff's investigators said that Edward Earl Marshal, 55, was left alone with the girl in a car on April 26 while her grandmother went grocery shopping. The girl told detectives that Marshal held her down and touched her.

Marshal, of 6546 Tom Burns Road, was charged Thursday with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was placed in the Cumberland County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Marshal was convicted of accessory after the fact to involuntary manslaughter in 2005 and assault with a deadly weapon in 1993, according to state Department of Correction records. He was given probation for both charges but spent three months in jail for violating his probation for the accessory conviction.

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  • rachell15 May 27, 2011

    10K what a joke. Lock him up for good. praying that the child will be able to get past this horrible memory.

  • tar97heel May 27, 2011

    "There should be a list, i.e. "this crime = this penalty" and there should be no opportunity for plea deals.

    It would standardize everything across the board and would end discrimination of anyone or pampering of celebrities, etc.
    RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman
    GOLO member since February 23, 2011
    May 27, 2011 1:33 p.m."

    There is. It's called structured sentencing, and it's been around since 1995. Welcome to the party!

    I love how people complain about "light sentences" and that judges should be "reviewed." I would make an educated guess that 80% of judges in these cases, and many other non-violent cases, give harsher punishment than is warranted. Perhaps the judges who give unusually harsh sentences should be reviewed? There are far more who go overboard due to fanatic popular opinion, especially in cases of the cyclops with 6 legs and horns (what most people think of anyone who so much as looks at someone under the age of 18 funny)

  • carrboroyouth May 27, 2011

    I agree, Spartacus. We need to hear all the info.

  • Ambygirl May 27, 2011

    Spartacus, I have to agree to a agree with you to a point, but I know I would never have left my child (or grandchild) with a convicted felon. Even just to run into the store and pick up something. Something here tells me she didn't know this man very well, or as I said before, turned a blind eye to his past history.

  • cweaver1000 May 27, 2011

    If he is guilty, give him life, along with charging the Grandmother with neglect.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    "Our poor children are suffering and as stated in a previous comment, many of these children carry these scars into adulthood."

    I daresay they all do.

    Praying for this child; blessed she had the courage to speak up right away.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    "If a judge minimizes a defendent's sentence and that person later commits additional crimes, the original sentence should be reviewed and, if it can be shown the judge should have imposed a more severe penalty, the judge should be held liable."

    I absolutely agree, but would be difficult to prosecute the judge since no set standard of penalties exists anywhere that I know of in the country.

    There should be a list, i.e. "this crime = this penalty" and there should be no opportunity for plea deals.

    It would standardize everything across the board and would end discrimination of anyone or pampering of celebrities, etc.

  • Spartacus May 27, 2011

    Not so fast. I have seen cases in the past where a child's accusations turned out to be completely false. We probably don't have all of the information.

  • Gork May 27, 2011

    Why shouldn't judges be held responsible for the outcome of cases they decide? If a judge minimizes a defendent's sentence and that person later commits additional crimes, the original sentence should be reviewed and, if it can be shown the judge should have imposed a more severe penalty, the judge should be held liable. Judges should be held responsible for their actions, like they purport to be holding others responsible for their actions. The same is true when sentences are too severe -
    It's a hard job, that's why they're paid well. If they don't want to accept responsibility for their decisions, they shouldn't sit as judges...

  • sexipinay1969 May 27, 2011

    If the judicial system in North Carolina are going to continue to allow repeat offenders to walk the streets, especially after something so horrific, when is this state going to incorporate the three strikes you're out law? Our poor children are suffering and as stated in a previous comment, many of these children carry these scars into adulthood. Also, if the judges are going to continue to allow these repeat offenders to bail themselves out, then there should be some sort of accountability on their end.

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