Texas couple charged with selling teenage girl to Elgin family for sex

Associated Press
Updated 2/2/2018 5:31 PM

Elgin police Friday said they are investigating their side of a case involving Texas couple accused of attempting to sell a 14-year-old girl to a family in Elgin.

No charges had yet been filed against any Elgin residents Friday, police said.

But in Rockwall, Texas, Steve Marks has been charged with purchasing or selling a child for sex. He's being held at Rockwall County jail with bail set at $1 million.

Police affidavits allege Marks knowingly sold the child for sex to a family in Elgin. The affidavits say Marks and his wife, Lila Miller, attempted to resell the girl to a different family in Florida after the Elgin family paid only half of the agreed amount.

Miller is facing the same charges as her husband.

Marks denied the accusation to WFAA-TV, saying that anyone who would sell a child for sex "needs to be put away for the rest of their life."

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported the teen missing in September.

• Daily Herald staff writer Eric Peterson contributed to this report.

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