The boyfriend of the mother of missing Evansville teen Aleah Beckerle was picked up Thursday on a federal gun charge, according to sources. Demarco Roach, 40, is in federal custody on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The new federal charge comes two days after state charges against Roach were dismissed by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office. The now-dismissed charges stemmed from a June incident in which Roach allegedly fired a gun several times inside the Beckerle home on East Iowa St. The incident happened about a month before Aleah Beckerle, 19, was reported missing.
Aleah Beckerle’s disappearance has lead to dozens of searches by volunteers and Texas Equusearch.
Roach was due to be sentenced on Tuesday as part of a plea deal but court documents show the charges were dismissed. The Vanderburgh County Prosecutors Office has not commented on why prosecutors opted to dismiss the charges.
According to court records, Roach has an extensive criminal history, including five felony convictions.