Presque Isle child sex offender loses appeal for new trial/sentence

A Presque Isle County man who is serving 25 to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young family member has lost his appeal for a new trial and to correct his sentence.

Daryl William Martin, 60, was convicted by a jury in 2021 of one count each of first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) for sexually assaulting a five-year-old relative. The sexual assaults occurred in 2019.

Martin filed an appeal on his conviction claiming the trial court abused its discretion in two matters, including allowing testimony by three other female relatives who claim Martin also sexually assaulted them when they were children, between 1994 and approximately 2011. He also claimed the trial court erred in admitting statements the victim made to a behavioral health therapist.

All of Martin’s arguments were struck down by the Court of Appeals, which found the trial court did not abuse its discretion and did not err in admitting evidence.

Martin could now take his appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court if he chooses to do so.

Martin is being held at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. His earliest release date is August 31, 2045.