The Case of Marlow Talley


On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Judge J. Howe Brown of Loudoun County’s Circuit Court sentenced Marlow Mokassa Afshartous, a.k.a. Marlow Talley, 40 years of age, of one count of sodomy and one count of object sexual penetration. Brown imposed a total active sentence of fifteen years (ninety-five years with eighty suspended) to be served in the Virginia Department of Corrections.


Talley was just one day shy of his 41st birthday.


As a coach of several youth basketball teams in the District and Northern Virginia, Talley had daily interactions with underage individuals on an almost daily basis. One of those teams he coached was based in Loudoun County…at Sterling’s Claude Moore Recreation Center.


In 2012 one of his victims, a twelve-year-old athlete, confided in her mother and a close family friend that she and Talley had a sexual relationship. A series of text messages provided the evidence investigators needed to make an arrest.


Enter the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.


Jim reviewed the evidence, considered the age of the victim, the severity of the crime. While Jim prosecutes many of the bigger cases facing Loudoun, he also matches prosecutors to particular cases based on experience, current caseload and the nature of the crimes.


He called Gigi Lawless into his office. She studied the evidence and prepared her case.

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless argued before Judge J. Howe Brown that Talley was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and that his behavior was unacceptable in civilized society. Lawless asked the court to impose a sentence that would speak for all the “little voices” in the community, sending a message to those in a position to supervise children that they would be punished for violating the trust of parents.


“The court is satisfied that the defendant initiated contact with the child based on the evidence presented,” Brown stated. “The defendant took advantage of the victim in this case and this Court thinks that’s serious and egregious behavior.”


The Court agreed with Lawless’ argument and imposed a sentence in accordance with the high end of the sentencing guidelines for the offenses.


Talley received an additional eighty years of time (suspended). Upon his release, he will be placed on indefinite supervised probation.  He is prohibited from any contact with the victim; any unsupervised contact with minors, and must successfully complete a sex offender treatment program.


Pursuant to Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, Talley will also be required to register as a sex offender.