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Suspect charged in Smyrna rape, possessing child porn

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Edward Tarras Jr. Edward Tarras Jr.

A man sought in connection with a rape in Smyrna is now in police custody.

Police said Edward Tarras Jr., 38, posted an ad on Craigslist for young women to pose for photographs that he said would later be published. 

Detectives said at least one of those women was later assaulted.

Tarras turned himself over to detectives Wednesday morning, according to a news release from Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold.

Tarras is charged with one count of rape and one count of possession of child pornography.

Police said he worked as a waiter at an IHOP in Smyrna.  About a week ago a woman notified police about the rape.

Tarras' bond was set at $1.5 million.  He is scheduled to be in court April 9.

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