Richlands man charged with raping 13-year-old girl

    Donald Richard Markl (Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

    A Richlands man is in jail after being arrested for statutory rape of a child.

    On Sept. 26, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit received information from West Virginia State Police that a child was raped in Onslow County during July of 2018. The victim, a 13-year-old girl, was raped while visiting relatives.

    45-year-old Donald Richard Markl is charged in the incident. The suspect knew the victim prior to the alleged assault. Markl lives on Chappell Creek Ct. in Richlands.

    Markl arrested on Nov. 30 and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday.

    He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center, where he is being held under a $500,000 secured bond.

    Anyone with information about this incident may contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113, Detective Albano at (910) 989-4073, or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. Please refer to case 2018016066 when calling.

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