Delaware police have arrested a member of the United States Air Force accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old runaway, as reported by NY Daily News.
Authorities were alerted of the claims on November 16 by a member of the girl’s family, who said she was staying at a nearby apartment complex. That report did not mention the suspect, 21-year-old Zepplin Taylor-McGinness.
When police arrived at Dover Country Club Apartments, they did find the missing girl. They also found Taylor-McGinness, who had been stationed at Dover Air Force Base.
Dover police, along with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, began looking into the matter, eventually alleging that Taylor-McGinness sexually assaulted the unnamed 14-year-old on numerous occasions. He was taken into police custody on Monday, according to WMDT.
Taylor-McGinness was charged with four counts of second-degree rape and child endangerment/harboring a runaway. He is being held on a bond of $100,050 at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. It is unclear if he has received legal counsel.
Incidentally, this is not the only incident involving sex with a minor to impact Dover Air Force Base in recent months.
Dalian Washington, 21, recently pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking after harboring an unnamed 16-year-old girl for several months, sexually assaulting her and passing her off to fellow airman Akeem Beazer. He faces a sentencing hearing on February 21, according to Fox News. He could face up to 10 years behind bars if convicted.