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Second case dismissed in DOJ child-sex sting

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MADISON (WKOW) -- For the second time in two months, a Dane County Judge dismissed charges against a defendant originally arrested for alleged child-sex crimes as part of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's "Operation Black Veil," due to problems with evidence.

Judge Ellen Berz granted the request of a Dane County prosecutor to dismiss the lone charge of "Using A Computer To Facilitate A Child-Sex Crime" against 55 year-old Marc S. Marion of Madison on November 4th.

According to court records, the prosecutor cited problems regarding the age of an individual in a photograph that was submitted as evidence by the DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

27 News has asked a DOJ spokesperson what part that photograph played in the original charges against Marion.

Marion was one of five Dane County men arrested in March of 2013 as part of Operation Black Veil, but the second to now have his charges dismissed.

Judge William Hanrahan dismissed felony counts of child enticement and trafficking of a child against 50 year-old Timothy Marking on October 14th.  Court transcripts from that hearing show an agent with the Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation lost a video that contained evidence related to the alleged crimes.

Of the three other Dane County men arrested in the sting, two have been found guilty and the other's case is still pending.

 

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