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35-year-old Wayne Marcell of Connecticut has been charged with multiple child exploitation offenses surrounding a 14-year-old that was driven from Lubbock to Illinois.

KAMC News reports that the girl, whose identity will remain concealed, was originally taken from her home in Georgia by 33-year-old Robert David Fyke in May of 2021. The 2 apparently had been using Kik and other social media platforms to communicate beforehand. Fyke took her to Lubbock, where she would stay for around 4 weeks before leaving for Illinois. She had been talking with Marcell on social media platforms.

It's said that Marcell paid $2,000 to drive the girl from Lubbock to Illinois. He then picked her up and brought her to his home, where he is said to have engaged in multiple illicit sexual acts with her as well as taking pictures and videos of the abuse.

Marcell was arrested on June 23rd on what reports call related state charges, and Fyke was arrested on June 17th. Fyke pleaded guilty on August 20th, admitting to taking the girl from her home, engaging in sexual conduct with her, and producing sexually explicit images of her.

Fyke will be sentenced on December 16th.

Marcell now faces a potential life sentence.

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