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Bellevue city manager arrested for sexual assault of a child

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

A Bellevue city official faces charges of aggravated sexual assault for molesting a 3-year-old girl, and is believed to have also molested the girl’s mother as a child.


Marlin Jay Anderson, the Bellevue city manager, was arrested Friday, Aug. 3 following a month-long investigation. He remains in the Clay County Jail. Bond was set at $75,000. Investigators believe the girl was molested on Nov. 14, 2011.

On July 10, Dallas Polygraph Service contacted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The owner of the business said Anderson, 54, had contacted him to request a polygraph test in reference to a sexual assault. The business owner stated that during the polygraph interview, Anderson admitted to having a sexual relationship with his first victim from the time the girl was 6 year old until the age of 16 years. The woman is now 35.

When interviewed by a CCSO investigator, the woman said the sexual abuse began when she was 3 years old. She said Anderson performed oral sex and had intercourse with her.

The woman also told investigators that in late October or early November her 3-year-old daughter made comments that lead the woman to believe the girl had also been molested by Anderson.

An investigator with Patsy’s House child advocacy center conducted a forensic interview of the 3-year-old, during which the girl pointed out on a drawing where Anderson had “bit” her.

The woman provided investigators with an e-mail sent to her from Anderson in January. The e-mail read, “I do not believe that I am a pedophile and the legal description for pedophiles does not fit me. I am a child molester and I don’t need a definition to know that.”

The e-mail continued, “The second horrible act was possibly worse than the first; I have let you carry the burden of that horrible act for nearly your entire life. Not only did I not claim responsibility for what I did and I also tried to put some of the blame on you.”

The email was signed, “With all the love in my aching heart…”

Sheriff Kenny Lemons said Anderson will not be charged for sexual assault of the woman because the statute of limitations has expired.


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