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RUTHERFORD COUNTY DETENTION DEPUTY CHARGED WITH RAPE OF A CHILD

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A detention deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was arrested today on charges of rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery. Authorities say 23-year-old Mark Garza is accused of forcing the juvenile victim onto a bed and raping her after waiting for her to come out of a bathroom in October 2013. Garza was placed on administrative leave with pay April 18 after learning he was being investigating by the Murfreesboro Police Department. He was them placed on administrative leave without pay 10 days later on April 28 and fired Thursday after he was arrested. Garza was booked into the Rutherford County jail and released after making a $150,000 bond.