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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Father in North Texas denies selling daughter for sex

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A 31-year-old man jailed in North Texas for selling his teenage daughter for sex is denying the charge.

Child welfare authorities say Steve Marks has seven children from age 1 to 14 and at least three of them previously were removed and placed in foster care.

Marks was arrested Thursday in Rockwall County and held on $1 million bond on charges of purchasing or selling a child for sex. A 31-year-old woman he says is his wife also is charged and jailed. His parents are jailed on charges of harboring a runaway.

Marks tells Dallas TV station WFAA he’d never sell a child for sex and someone who does that “needs to be put away for the rest of their life.”

Child welfare officials say the case remains under investigation.

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Information from: WFAA-TV, http://www.wfaa.com

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