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A Houston man is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on charges of felony child sex trafficking and felony sexual assault of a child.

Dewayne Demarcus Cook, 29, was arrested Sept. 29 for allegedly trafficking a 15-year-old girl found earlier that month in his Fort Bend County home during an investigation related to a missing underage girl believed to be a runaway. He is being held on bonds totaling $175,000.

According to Fort Bend County criminal court documents, Houston Police officers went to a residence in the 5100 block of Shadowridge in southwest Houston to investigate reports Cook was harboring a runaway. Officers located the victim hidden in a bedroom closet during a search of the residence. The case was referred to the human trafficking investigations department at the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office. Court documents indicate a search of Cook’s cell phone revealed evidence he had befriended the girl via Facebook and later met up with her at Club Yakum, an afterhours club in southwest Houston.

Cook is no stranger to law enforcement and has an extensive criminal history that includes a felony family assault conviction in 2017. According to a charging instrument filed in Harris County Court records, Cook attacked his ex-girlfriend, who was six-months pregnant at the time, and tried to stranger her. He also bit her on the forehead. Cook pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to two years in prison. After serving six months of his sentence, Cook was released on parole in September 2019 after six months. Previously, Cook also pled guilt to misdemeanor assault charges after he punched his ex-girlfriend in the mouth in 2016 and was sentenced to eight days in the Harris County Jail.

Cook is scheduled to appear before Fort Bend County Judge Frank J. Fraley in the 434th District Court on Feb. 24. A Fort Bend County Grand Jury is expected to consider the evidence at an indictment hearing in the coming weeks.

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