Man accused of sexual assault on 15-year-old runaway


Marcus Dante’ McCray, 25, was arrested today and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior on a child between the ages of 12 and 16.

According to the arrest report, the incident was reported by a 15-year-old girl who had run away from home and had been reported missing when she allegedly encountered McCray on April 5. She told Gainesville Police Department detectives that McCray picked her up in a wooded area near 1800 NE 12th Avenue. She said they rode around in a silver car for several days, listening to music, talking to people at motels, using drugs, and sleeping in the car. The girl described other people they met during that time, including family members of McCray. She also described a distinctive tattoo McCray has over his eyebrow.

The girl reportedly told GPD that at one point, they were in a room at a motel and had consensual sex. She also described various people she met at the motel who knew McCray. She told GPD that while they were at the motel, McCray got into a vehicle with two older men and told her he would come back later, but he never came back. When he did not return, she walked to a different motel, where she was located on April 7 by law enforcement.

McCray was arrested today by Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a warrant for violation of probation, and he was brought to GPD for questioning. McCray reportedly denied knowing the victim at first but later said he had seen her on the street and then changed his story again to say he had seen her in the woods where she said he had picked her up. McCray reportedly denied driving any type of vehicle at any point but admitted to being at the motel at about the time of the incident. He reportedly admitted to knowing the people the girl had met at the motel. He later said he had rented a silver Impala with another person that he had slept in for a few days around the time of the incident but denied that the victim was ever in the car with him. He said he had been picked up at the motel by his father and his father’s co-workers. He also reportedly confirmed details about his family members that the victim would not have known if they had only spoken once, as McCray claimed.

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  • It’s unfortunate the girl had to go through something like this and we may never know what she ran away from.

    That being said, part of this is on the City Commission. They have an open door policy to anyone and it’s their policies that contributed to this runaway coming in contact with McCray. I wouldn’t be surprised if the county paid for the room. Why didn’t Poe or Ward open their homes to the girl?

    You liberal knuckleheads will vote for anyone.

    • Grace Marketplace was there to help, how did it fail
      Her? There’s that project “safe place” too…what happened? What about all the churches? How come
      Law enforcement didn’t spot the runaway before this
      Criminal pervert? Good thing she was able to identify
      Him by the distinctive tattoo above his eyebrow.

      • Why didn’t she see her school counselor? Where were her teachers? Did they have their mask over
        Their eyes? Why did the public school system fail to
        Get her the help she needs? Were they too concerned about gender dysphoria to see her problems?

  • Were these people all mentioned in the police report, and their locations, gov’t subsidized in any way personally? Their motel rooms, food, free time, etc? Skools need to to give youngsters a card that says: if you can’t flip burgers reliably, leave town ASAP.

  • Whoever wrote this headline should be fired. A minor quiet literally cannot consent to sex with an adult so there is no way it was consensual. Disgusting .

    • The age of consent in most of the western world is 15, so it is a more nuanced legal concept than based strictly on whether someone is a minor or not. It depends on local laws.

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