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DNA links Tampa man to sex attack inside church, police say

Published Oct. 24, 2012

TAMPA — A 26-year-old Tampa man was arrested Tuesday and accused of the sexual battery of a 70-year-old woman in a church last week, police said.

A DNA match in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database pointed Tampa police to Demetreius Martees Morris, of 8317 N 13th St. Apt. A.

The sample was taken from the woman who was attacked Thursday as she gave a man a tour of the sanctuary of Living Word Fellowship, at 8215 N 13th St.

Morris has been arrested before in a sex crime investigation, in November 2002, and charged with a lewd and lascivious act on a child, jail records show. He was accused of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl, according to police reports.

Morris now faces charges of sexual battery, kidnapping, lewd and lascivious battery on an elderly person and lewd and lascivious molestation of an elderly person. He was jailed without bail.


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