Merkel man arrested on indecency with child charge, released

ABILENE, Texas - A 68-year-old Merkel man was arrested Thursday for inappropriately touching a young girl on two occasions more than 15 years ago.

Lupe Marez was released from Taylor County Jail after posting bail. His bond had been set at $10,000.

According to court documents, two alleged incidents happened -- once in October 2000 when the victim was 11 years old and another time in November 2001 when the victim was 12.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office reportedly overheard a conversation between Marez and the alleged victim.

During that conversation, Marez said “he never really did anything 'really bad ... other than just touch.'”

A sheriff's deputy also reported hearing Marez tell the victim something to the effect of, “I touched you and I shouldn’t have.”


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