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The Findlay-Hancock County Courier
Posted On Mon. Aug 17th, 2015
By: The Courier
Gary A. Martin, 56, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Niemeyer for four counts of rape, all first-degree felonies.
The offenses were said to have occurred between Oct. 24, 2013 and Dec. 29, 2013, in Union Township and Findlay.
The defense and prosecution disagreed on Martin’s sense of remorse for the crimes.
“There’s a major disagreement on this thing called remorse,” Judge Niemeyer said. “Mr. Martin, you’re only sorry that you got caught. You’re the adult. Our society expects certain things from adults in relation to children, in relation to adopted children, in relation to grandchildren, in relation to neighbors. You violated the basic societal norms in relation to those things. You’re the adult.”
Martin faced between 15 and 35 years in prison for the offenses. Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith and the victim’s mother asked for the maximum sentence.
The victim declined to speak. The victim’s mother spoke on her behalf. The mother said the crimes had a tremendous impact on her family, who were present in court on Monday.
The mother said on her daughter’s 11th birthday, Martin took the victim into his shop and “showed her what boys like.”
Martin apologized to his family and to the victim.
“Until my family educates themselves about major depression and psychotic episodes, they will not fully understand my apologies,” Martin said.
Martin’s attorney, Gene Murray, said his client has had no prior criminal offenses, is “very remorseful” and had medication problems. He asked Judge Niemeyer for a minimum prison sentence.
The defense maintained that Martin’s “abrupt” switch in antidepressant medication caused a psychotic state.