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Sex abuse trial postponed

The trial in circuit court of a City of Macclenny employee charged with 11 counts of child molestation was postponed last week due to the illness of Assistant State Attorney Ralph Yazdiya.

It was set to begin on July 30.

The case against Marshall Mann, 47, of Sanderson, the city’s in-house Internet and computer technician, is now more than two years old and he remains free on $50,000 bond. He was arrested in late March, 2010 and again shortly after that when another alleged victim emerged.


In May of that year, the Macclenny Commission allowed the $49,000 a year employee to keep his job, but relegated him to a rear office at City Hall where he was to stay out of the public eye. The city board agreed with a recommendation of an employee committee.

Mr. Mann is charged with five counts of engaging in sexual acts with children between the ages of 12-18 in a custodial setting; a single count of molesting a child under 12 years old and five counts of molesting children ages 12-16. All are first degree felonies.

The alleged crimes took place in 2001 and 2002.

Mr. Yazdiya was hospitalized briefly with an undisclosed illness and is expected back at work this week. A trial is scheduled August 3 for Charlton Lauramore of Macclenny, who is also facing multiple counts of sexual battery on a child less than 12.

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