Superintendent Colonel Robert M. Coupe

Sgt Walter Newton
P.O. Box 430| Dover, DE 19903

DSP News Release: Felton Man arrested for Sexually Assaulting a 14 year-old Girl

Location: Slaughter Neck Road east of Herring Branch Road, Lincoln, Sussex County, DE

Date of Occurrence: Saturday June 5, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Franklin K. Cephas, 42, Felton, DE


Delaware State Police have charged a Felton man for the sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl.

The incident occurred as the victim was walking on Slaughter Neck Road toward a relative’s house when Cephas drove by in a pickup truck. Cephas stopped his truck and exited the vehicle. Cephas approached the victim while displaying a knife and forced her into the passenger side of the truck. Cephas drove the girl to a remote location where he sexually assaulted her. After the assault Cephas dropped the victim off on Herring Branch Road where she went to a relative’s home to report the incident.

Troopers put a description of Cephas’ tan truck out in Sussex and Kent counties. A trooper in Kent County who was in the area of Felton saw suspect vehicle and stopped the truck. The trooper took Cephas into custody without incident.

Cephas was taken to Troop-4 in Georgetown, Sussex County where he was charged with 2 counts of Rape 1st, Kidnapping 2nd, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3 counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of Felony and Possession a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited.

Cephas was arraigned at Court 3 and committed to the Department of Correction in default of $201,500.00 cash bail.

Franklin K. Cephas

Released June 6, 2010 at 1940 hours

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