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June 5, 2014

Salem man sentenced in first of three trials

Libby sentenced in one sex assault case, faces more


Neither the victim nor Libby spoke. Libby’s family, including his wife, sat on the opposite side of the courtroom. They declined to comment after the sentencing.

William Korman, Libby’s attorney, insisted his elderly client is innocent, has health problems, and should have been sentenced to 10 years of home confinement. Otherwise, Korman recommended Libby spend no more than a year or two in state prison.

“My client should have not been found guilty based on the evidence filed by the state,” he said. “We are going to file an appeal.”

Wageling disagreed, said Libby was a sexual predator, guilty of “preying on a child.”

“She didn’t know how to get away from you,” Wageling said. “You deserve a state prison sentence.”

Libby was ordered to stay away from the victim, her family and children.

When Libby was arrested last summer, his wife told Salem police she had baby-sat for at least 50 children in their home over the past 20 to 30 years.

Libby’s second trial begins June 16. He will be tried on an attempted aggravated felonious sexual charge for trying to abuse another child between June 1991 and August 1991. She is now 24.

The third trial starts Sept. 22. The case involved a 6-year-old girl whom prosecutors allege was forced to touch Libby between June and August 1991. She is now 18.

The victim and her family immediately left the courtroom after Wageling handed down her sentence. Korman said he was disappointed with the sentence.

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