Man accused of molesting child, giving her crack


Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.

A High Springs man was arrested early Saturday on charges including sexual battery and child abuse for a May 30 incident in which police said he forced a girl to smoke crack cocaine and inappropriately touched her.

Marvin Christopher Epps, 47, of 815 SE Railroad Ave., was also charged with simple battery, false imprisonment of a child under the age of 13 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a High Springs Police Department arrest report.

The incident occurred May 30 when the girl and several friends drove with Epps to a house after talking to him at a gas station, the report states.

Police reported that Epps coaxed the girl into the house, in which several people were reported to be on drugs or cooking crack, and then into a room alone with the door locked.

The report states the Epps lit a crack pipe and offered it to her, but she declined. He reportedly grabbed her face and put the pipe to it. She told police she took one hit and began feeling numb. The report states she told police that Epps had sexual contact with her.

The girl was let out of the room when her friends came looking for her, the report states, adding she didn’t initially report the incident to police because she was scared.

Under police questioning, Epps told officers that he invited several of the guests into his room but the others didn’t go. He denied making the girl use crack or having any sexual contact with her.

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