Starkville man accused of having sex with 11-year-old girl

Marcus Campbell
Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Starkville man is facing sexual battery charges after admitting to police that he had sex with an 11-year-old girl earlier this year.

Marcus Campbell was arrested on Tuesday by officers with the Starkville Police Department, after an incident that occurred in March at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Sand Road.

Campbell had an initial appearance and probable cause hearing on Wednesday, where Municipal Judge Rodney Faver set bond at $25,000.

SPD Sgt. William Durr initially recommended bond be set at $50,000 because it is a capital offense and Campbell has no local residence, although he said he lives in the same apartment complex where the incident occurred.

During the hearing, it was confirmed that Campbell had no prior criminal history.

Durr said SPD received a report last week from parents saying someone had sex with their child.

On Monday, Durr said the victim went through a forensic interview and provided consistent details of the incident, saying Campbell had sex with her.

A witness also identified Campbell from a photo lineup.

Durr then said Campbell planned the encounter through text messages, which were later verified by investigators.

Campbell admitted to having sex with the victim and said he believed the victim to be between the age of 12 and 14.

Judge Faver found probable cause to hold Campbell until he can make bond.

If found guilty of sexual battery, Campbell could face life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.