RACINE — A Racine man who fled the state after he was accused of molesting a child will spend three decades behind bars.
In court Monday, Judge Michael Piontek sentenced 39-year-old Marcus Lynn Taylor to 30 years behind bars and 20 years on extended supervision for sexually assaulting a child he knew multiple times.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Taylor, the sexual assaults occurred repeatedly with the child between September 2009 and March 25, 2011 — when the child reported the molestation.
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After the report was made, Taylor, who had lived in the 600 block of Hagerer Street, fled the state. It is believed he left within 24 hours after the child made the report.
He was later captured by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force after entering a Louisville, Ky., Walmart to go shopping.
Taylor had been on the run for more than nine months. Task force members tracked Taylor to a couple of towns in Tennessee, think he may have stopped in South Carolina, and that he later went to Kentucky. He had family in all of these communities, according to authorities.
Following a May jury trial, Taylor was convicted of three charges related to the sexual assault, including repeated sexual assault of the same child and exposing a child to harmful materials.
Taylor had also been charged with battery, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct in a separate case. But those charges were dismissed Monday at the prosecutor’s request.