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Plano kidnap suspect now faces charge of sexual assault of child

Enrique Gutierrez Arochi, 24, who was arrested in December in the disappearance of Christina Morris of Fort Worth, now faces more charges.
Enrique Gutierrez Arochi, 24, who was arrested in December in the disappearance of Christina Morris of Fort Worth, now faces more charges. Collin County Jail

An Allen man who has been in the Collin County Jail since December, accused of kidnapping a Fort Worth woman, faces an unrelated charge involving the sexual assault of a child, authorities said Monday.

The case of Enrique Gutierrez Arochi, 24, is scheduled to go before a Collin County grand jury on Thursday, said Sgt. Jon Felty, an Allen police spokesman. Police are accusing Arochi of child sexual assault, a second-degree felony, Felty said.

Arochi’s bail in the other case — the disappearance of Christina Morris — is set at $1 million. Felty said a new arrest warrant for Arochi had not been served, but Collin County Jail records show that bail had been set at $100,000 in that case.

Felty said the department will not release more information until Thursday.

“This case hasn’t been normal because of all the publicity, and emotions have run high on family members and friends involved,” Felty told the Star-Telegram. “We are not going to release anything until [grand jurors] hear it first.”

Sexual assault of a child carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, according to the Texas Penal Code.

Plano police arrested Arochi on Dec. 13, accusing him of kidnapping Morris, 23, who was seen in August on a security video walking through a Plano parking garage with Arochi. Arochi turns 25 next week.

Morris’ DNA was found in the trunk of Arochi’s 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, according to his arrest warrant affidavit.

“We have arrested and charged him with aggravated kidnapping — that supports the fact that a crime has been committed,” Plano police officer David Tilley told the Star-Telegram in February.

The kidnapping charge is a first-degree felony, with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792

Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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