Slabaugh sentenced

Marlin J. Slabaugh, 44 years of age, was sentenced to 5 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections. Two of those years will be served and the remaining three are to be suspended. The sentencing took place on Thursday, Sept. 30 with Superior Court III Judge Matthew Sarber presiding.

Slabaugh was represented by attorney Tom Black. Marshall County Prosecutor E. Nelson Chipman represented the State of Indiana.

Slabaugh was arrested on July 9, 2019 and charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a level 5 Felony.

On Thursday, Slabaugh and his attorney entered a plea agreement with the state. Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, Slabaugh plead guilty to the offense with sentencing left to the Court’s discretion subject to the guidelines in the plea agreement.

Judge Sarber stated that the mitigating circumstances included:

• Slabaugh admits responsibility, offset by the amount of time case was pending.

• Slabaugh’s lack of criminal history.

Judge Sarber stated that the aggravating circumstances included:

• The nature of the case.

• Slabaugh’s violation of trust with the victims.

With those circumstances considered, a judgment of conviction was entered against Slabaugh for the offense listed above. 

Slabaugh was also given a fine of $1 and court costs of $185.

He will also have three years of reporting probation from the date of release from the Indiana Department of Corrections subject to: normal and usual terms; upon payment of all financial obligations, the level of supervision shall be determined by the Marshall County Probation Department; and constant GPS monitoring for the first year of release from the Indiana Department of Corrections.

The terms of the plea agreement included that the Counts II, III, IV, V, and VI of this cause were dismissed.

The judgment also ordered that Slabaugh reimburse the County for all medical care expenses incurred by the County in providing medical care to him. The $10,000 bond will be applied to payment of fines, costs, and County Probation fees including GPS monitoring costs.

Protests against the sentencing and plea agreement were held outside the County Courthouse that day. Around 10 people lined the courthouse lawn with signs stating: “Protect the children not the pedophile”, “No religion is above the law”, and “What if this is your child”.