HONESDALE -- A sexual predator received a substantial state prison sentence in Wayne County Court today.
Senior Judge Raymond Hamill sentenced Mark Allen Blevins, 57, of Hamlin to no less than 13.25 year nor more than 30 years in a State Correctional Institution, according to Wayne County District Attorney Patrick Robinson.
In November 2018, a jury convicted Blevins of one county of aggravated assault of a child, criminal attemp to commit aggravated indecent assault, unlawful restraint, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a complainant less than 13 and indecent exposure.
First Assistant District Attorney Deborah Rothenberg, who prosecuted the case, said, “Obviously any and all sexual assaults are heinous, especially those perpetrated upon children. This series of assaults was committed by a 56 year old man against a 5 year old child. That, in my opinion, makes this Defendant especially evil. To choose a very young, innocent, and defenseless victim such as this requires a person to possess a kind of darkness that I, as a prosecutor, will never understand."
She noted, "I am thankful that a Wayne County jury saw through his lies and convicted him for what he did, and I am thankful that the Defendant was identified as a Sexually Violent Predator today, because that is exactly what he is. No sentence can reverse the pain he inflicted on this little girl and her family, but the sentence imposed by Senior Judge Hamill today of 13.25 to 30 years in State Prison is certainly a step in the right direction."
District Attorney Robinson stated, “Again I would like to commend, First Assistant District Attorney Rothenberg for an outstanding job. She is a fierce and very effective prosecutor of child molesters.”