Stanley Marsh 3 charged with 'Sexual Exploitation of a Minor'

Published: Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM CST
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After having three criminal complaints filed on him early Wednesday afternoon, Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh 3 had already posted bond by about seven o'clock that evening.

It was about just one month ago the first civil lawsuit was filed against Marsh, claiming he paid multiple male minors to perform and receive certain sexual favors. But it wasn't until Wednesday that the scandalous sex abuse case against the 74-year-old turned criminal.

Sexual performance by child and sexual assault of a child -- the two citations that make up the eleven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor that Stanley Marsh 3 is being charged with, involving two minors. Later Wednesday afternoon, Marsh turned himself in to the Potter County Detention Center where he was booked, processed and released on three bonds, each one set at $100,000.

The case is being handled by Lubbock County District Attorney Matthew Powell, as Potter County D.A. Randall Sims has recused himself as a possible witness. NewsChannel 10 spoke with Powell on the phone Wednesday, he said he believed there could be more, similar, charges filed against Marsh, but that probably won't happen until he goes before a grand jury in Potter County. That, he said, probably won't' happen for at least several more weeks.