Officers: Accused child molester is in Louisiana jail


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 10:31 p.m.
An Arcadia man, sought by officers in Alabama and Florida in the molestation of two 11-year-old girls, one in Alachua County, is now in custody in Louisiana, officers reported.
Robert S. Marshall, 41, was arrested Monday after he was tracked to Louisiana by the U.S. Marshal's Office, said Deputy U.S. Marshal John Blount.
Considered one of Alachua County's "most wanted" suspects, Marshall is accused of raping one girl in November while he was a border at her home, said Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk.
Marshall also is wanted in the molestation of an 11-year-old girl in New Brockton, Ala., early last year, said Investigator John Greene with the New Brockton Police Department. He faces nine counts of rape in that case, each carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison, Greene said Tuesday.
Greene said officers in Alabama had obtained a warrant for Marshall's arrest but, when they tried to stop him, he jumped from his vehicle and ran away.
Late last year, he turned up in Alachua County, where Faulk said he has relatives.
After allegations against Marshall surfaced in Alachua County, he again disappeared. Deputies received reports he might be in Marion County.
"But apparently he went to Louisiana," Faulk said.
Marshall was found living in "a tent city" in the hurricane-stricken state and was working a construction job, Faulk and Greene said.
Greene said he didn't know of any new allegations against Marshall.
But Greene said there are similarities between the cases in Alabama and Florida. In both, officers allege Marshall got to know his victims' mothers so he could have access to the children.
Faulk and Greene said Marshall likely will first be extradited to Alabama.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com

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