Marion County jury handed child molestation case for deliberation

MARION COUNTY — A Marion County jury is deliberating in the trial of a 35-year-old Altamont man charged with predatory sexual assault of a child.

(Credit: Fuse)
(Credit: Fuse)

The jury heard opening statements and testimony Monday in the case against Mark Redfern, who is charged with Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 and Class 2 felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13.

His attorney filed a motion Monday afternoon calling for a mistrial after a child witness gave testimony in a hearing outside the presence of the jury. Marion County Resident Judge Mark Stedelin denied that motion.

In a pretrial hearing in December, Stedelin had approved having the child testify outside Redfern’s presence.

The case had been delayed late last year when the competency of the child witness to testify was questioned. Stedelin ultimately ruled the child would be allowed to testify outside Redfern’s presence.

The jury was handed the case Tuesday afternoon, after less than two full-days of testimony in a trial that was expected to last three days.

Following an investigation, Redfern was arrested on Halloween 2013 on a warrant charging him with the Class X and Class 2 offenses.

A Class X offense is punishable by between 6 and 30 years in prison if convicted, while a Class 2 is punishable by between 3 and 7 years in prison.

Redfern has been held in the Marion County jail since his 2013 arrest, with bail set at $150,000.