Crime

Tega Cay sex suspect found in Kansas extradited to York County

Marcus Center
Marcus Center York County Sheriff’s Office

A Fort Mill man accused of a sex crime against an teen and caught by police in Kansas in March is in the York County jail after being extradited, police and jail records show.

Marcus Alexander Center, 25, was charged by Tega Cay police with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in February, after the teen reported the incident, police said.

Center, of Fort Mill, fled South Carolina at the time the charges were filed, police said.

An alert seeking Center was sent out to law enforcement agencies across the country, said Maj. David Nelson of the Tega Cay Police Department.

Officers in Olathe, Kan., took Center into custody after a tip that Center was in Olathe.

“We want the people of this city to know, if a crime occurs and we charge a suspect, we can find you,” Nelson said. “We have legal ways to bring that person back.”

Tega Cay used a private transportation firm to bring Center back after he spent weeks in court fighting extradition.

Tega Cay police had to use a governor’s warrant, a legal process where both state governors agree to extradite, to get Center back to York County, Nelson said.

Court records show Center was served the Tega Cay police warrant Tuesday and was denied bond.

Court records also show that Center was charged by York County sheriff’s deputies with disorderly conduct the day before the sex incident in Tega Cay. On March 22, Center was convicted in his absence on the disorderly conduct charge in Fort Mill magistrate’s court; an order for his arrest on that conviction was issued, court records show.

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