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* T.J. Stafford Arrested In San Jose For Rape Of 7-Year-Old daughter Of Sharon Stafford Loveday In Tennessee

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A 33-year-old Tennessee man wanted for the November rape of a 7-year-old girl was arrested by U.S. deputy marshals in San Jose on Thursday, a deputy marshal said today.T.J. Stafford was arrested outside a Walmart on Story Road after deputies had learned he was in the area the day before, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrell Clark.Stafford was wanted by the Athens Police Department in Tennessee after fleeing the state shortly after submitting to a DNA sample in the rape case of the 7-year-old daughter of Sharon Stafford Loveday, his common-law wife.Deputies with the marshals’ office were contacted Wednesday and given information that led them to conclude that Stafford and Loveday were in the San Jose area.While searching the area Thursday, the deputies received a phone call from security personnel at a Walmart in the city. Stafford and Loveday had just made a purchase and were exiting the store when they were apprehended in the parking lot, Clark said.Stafford was arrested without incident, while Loveday was not arrested since she had no outstanding warrants.Stafford was booked into Santa Clara County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.

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