Columbus man faces statutory rape charges

Columbus man faces statutory rape charges

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A cafeteria worker at a Columbus middle school is facing statutory rape charges.

Markaus Woodruff, 28, was arrested Friday and charged with three sex related charges.

He was charged with child molestation, statutory rape and child exploitation.

Police say the mother of a 13-year-old girl, whose name will not be reported because she's a minor, found Woodruff naked in her daughter's closet. Police also say he confessed to the crime.

Woodruff worked at Veterans Middle School, according to the Columbus Police Department arrest report. The 13-year-old girl is not a student at the school where Woodruff is an employee.

In the state of Georgia, anyone who has sex with a person under the age of 16 can be charged with statutory rape.

Woodruff will appear in recorder's court on Monday, June 1 at 9 a.m.

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