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Sex offender due in court next week to face charges of rape, impersonating an officer

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, June 26 2018 Jun 26, 2018 June 26, 2018 5:59 PM June 26, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ

BAKER - A convicted sex offender charged with impersonating a police officer and raping a 17-year-old will be arraigned in court next week after more than a month of delays.

Mark Russell was arrested in April after he allegedly lured the teenage male back to his home while posing as a cop and raped him. A judge set a bond of $13,000 for Russell and he was soon released.

After the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported on the questionably low bond, the district attorney filed to have Russell's bond revoked. After he missed two hearings, one due to his own suicide attempt, Russell was re-arrested and jailed on a new bond of $285,000.

Russell was convicted of rape, molestation of a juvenile, and sexual battery in 1993. He was also accused of another attack in 2015, but those charges were dismissed after the victim recanted his statements.

He could face life in prison if convicted of the most recent allegations.

His latest charges include false personation of a police officer, second-degree kidnapping, molestation of a person with a physical or mental disability, crime against nature, third-degree rape and felony sexual battery.

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