Man accused of sex assault; more victims sought in Austin, San Marcos

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A San Marcos man was arrested and charged in connection with a sexual assault and police are searching for other possible victims in the San Marcos and Austin areas, SMPD wrote in a press release Tuesday. 

John Tate McFarland, 35, was arrested Thursday at the 100 block of North Lyndon B. Johnson Drive after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman, wouldn’t let her leave and eventually drove her home on Feb. 21, police wrote. 

“At approximately 6:05 a.m. on the morning of the 21st, San Marcos Police received information from a woman that her daughter contacted her from a number she didn’t recognize asking for help,” police wrote. “Police were unable to locate the woman’s daughter for the next hour until she sent a message from her Facebook account to a friend asking for help.” 

Police say the victim eventually showed up at her own home. She told police she couldn’t remember anything except having sex with McFarland. It is unclear why the victim couldn’t remember the circumstances surrounding the alleged sexual assault. 

“She told police officers McFarland would not let her leave when she first asked, but eventually he drove her to her home,” police wrote. “The victim was transported to Central Texas Medical Center for a sexual assault forensic exam.” 

McFarland was arrested and charged with second-degree felony sexual assault and his bond was set at $50,000 by a judge. He was released on bond on March 1. Investigations are ongoing. 

Police believe McFarland may have victims in both the San Marcos and Austin areas. Anyone with information about this case or anyone wishing to report a crime should contact San Marcos Police Detective Sandara Spriegel at (512) 753-2369. 

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