Texas couple charged with selling teenage girl for sex

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A Texas couple has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-year-old girl to an Illinois family.

Steve Marks has been charged with purchasing or selling a child for sex. He’s being held at Rockwall County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Police affidavits allege Marks knowingly sold the child for sex to a family in Elgin, Illinois. Marks and his wife, Lila Miller, attempted to resell the girl to a different family in Florida after the Illinois family only paid half of the agreed amount.

Marks denied the accusation to WFAA-TV and said that anyone who would sell a child for sex “needs to be put away for the rest of their life.”

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Jail records show Marks’ parents have been charged with harboring a runaway.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported the teen missing in September.