The man convicted of kidnapping Christina Morris of Fort Worth will not face additional charges for sexual assault of a child, Dallasnews.com reported.
The charge against Enrique Arochi was dismissed on Tuesday by District Judge Mark Rusch after a motion filed by Collin County prosecutors. Because Arochi was sentenced to life in the Morris’ aggravated kidnapping case, prosecutors requested the dismissal "in the interest of justice.”
Allen police Sgt. Jon Felty said the sexual assault of a child case came up when Plano police were investigating Morris’ disappearance.
Arochi is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl at his parents’ house from Oct. 22, 2012, to Feb. 22, 2013, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram.
The girl told police that she met Arochi at a restaurant where he was working as a server, according to reports. The two starting dating about a month later, the affidavit states.
According to reports, Arochi, who was then 22, told the girl he was 19 and told his parents that she was 17, the age of consent in Texas. The girl told police the two had sex 15 to 20 times in his bedroom starting when she was 16 and continuing after she turned 17, according to the affidavit.
Arochi, now 26, was sentenced last month to life in prison after a Collin County jury found him guilty in the aggravated kidnapping of Morris. Via surveillance video, Arochi and Morris were last seen together entering a parking garage at The Shops at Legacy in Plano about 4 a.m. Aug. 30, 2014. Morris has never been found but her DNA was found in the trunk of Arochi’s car.
On Tuesday, defense attorney Steven Miears filed a notice of appeal in the aggravated kidnapping conviction, according to Dallasnews.com. Miears “cited the court's failure to include a lesser offense of kidnapping or unlawful restraint in the jury instructions.” The defense attorney also argued no evidence supported findings by the jury that Morris was "restrained without consent, while alive, by force, intimidation or deception."
This story contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.
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