Paroled sex offender arrested on new charge less than 30 days later

PANOMA PARK, FL – A convicted sexual offender in Florida is back in custody following an alleged sexual assault, just weeks after his release from prison. Kendrick Marclain, 31, was arrested and charged with sexual assault on an adult, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Marclain had previously served a prison term for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12. He was released from prison on New Year’s Eve in 2023 and registered as a sex offender with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on January 8, 2024. However, less than a month after his registration, he was implicated in another sexual assault.

The victim, a woman, reported that she was followed by an unknown man on February 3, after an argument with a family member. According to her account, she encountered the man outside a Dollar General store. After sharing a cigarette, the man allegedly attacked her, striking her head against a wall and sexually assaulting her.

The woman managed to escape when she saw her father driving in the area. Surveillance footage reviewed by detectives showed a man following a person resembling the victim. Further investigation and forensic evidence led to the identification of Marclain as the alleged attacker.

Marclain was subsequently arrested and is currently being held at the Putnam County Jail without bond. Sheriff H.D. ‘Gator’ DeLoach expressed his disappointment in Marclain’s actions, stating that he had been given multiple chances to reform but had failed to do so. He added that Marclain’s actions had caused a member of their community to suffer a traumatic experience and emphasized that individuals like Marclain should not be allowed to further harm society.