Fired Fort Worth firefighter charged with sexually assaulting child

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Just months after being charged with harassing a woman by allegedly posting a fake, racy ad on Craigslist about her, a recently fired Fort Worth firefighter now stands accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Marquis Duriel Washington, 29, was charged Wednesday with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The charge stems from a woman’s accusation to Haltom City police on Aug. 20 that Washington had had sex with her 13-year-old daughter, according to a police report.

The accusation was made just six months after Washington was charged with online harassment, court records show.

Washington surrendered Sept. 25 on a warrant issued in the sexual assault case and remained free Wednesday on a $50,000 bond. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Leon Haley Jr., his attorney in both cases, was in court Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

Washington was hired by the Fort Worth Fire Department in March 2012. He was fired Sept. 10 for violating department policy, according to Battalion Chief Richard Harrison. Because he was still a probationary employee, he did not have the right to appeal his termination. No further details were released about his termination.

Fake Craigslist personal ad

Fort Worth police began investigating Washington late last year after a 27-year-old woman reported to officers that she was receiving random text messages on her cellphone on Dec. 24 from men asking her for sex and sending her pictures of their penises.

The men told the woman they were contacting her because of her Craigslist ad, according to an arrest warrant affidavit in the harassment case.

“She told them she did not place an ad and told them to not call her anymore,” according to the affidavit written by Fort Worth Police Detective J.D. Brady.

The ad read, “Need some men to keep my body warm during the HOlidays!!” and included four pictures of the woman dressed in lingerie. It listed the woman’s phone number and identified her by her real first name but a fake last name, according to the affidavit.

Brady learned the ad had been created by an IP address registered to Washington and his then Fort Worth home.

The woman told investigators she and Washington had exchanged text messages in November, and that she had sent him the photographs used in the Craigslist ad. She said she ended her relationship with Washington the next month prior to the ad being placed and never gave him permission to post the photographs on a dating site.

Washington initially agreed to speak with investigators but later canceled the meeting on the advice of his attorney, the affidavit states.

His wife voluntarily met with police and provided a statement that only she, her husband, and their young child lived at the home where the ad was apparently posted. She told police that she did not know the alleged victim and that she did not post the ad, the affidavit states.

Washington, who records indicate now lives in Haltom City, surrendered on the harassment warrant at the Tarrant County Jail in April and was immediately released after posting a $2,000 bond.

He was formally charged April 11 with online harassment, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, court records show.

Washington has also worked as a model, according to his profile on Model Mayhem.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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