Thursday, July 23, 2009

Marcus Stafford Arrested for Sexual Assault

Marcus Stafford, 27, of Waco was in custody Thursday after a 16-year-old Mexia girl was held against her will in a motel room and raped.

Stafford was arrested Wednesday after Waco police received a call from someone who expressed concern about the girl’s safety.

Officers went to the Roadway Inn on S. Jack Kultgen Expressway in Waco and found the girl in a room that was registered to Stafford, police said.

Waco Police Spokesman Steve Anderson says officers knocked on the door and Stafford came out and talked to them outside.

The officers determined the 16-year-old girl was inside the room, and that she had been sexually assaulted, Anderson said.

Stafford was arrested at the scene.

Police say they believe the girl was held in the room from around 6 p.m. on Tuesday until officers found her at around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say officers were able to determine the girl asked to leave a number of times, but that she was not allowed to.

Police wouldn’t provide details about how the girl and Stafford met or how they ended up in the motel room.

Stafford is charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Judge Raymond Britton set Stafford's bond at $250,000

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