A Waco man indicted for an alleged 2015 sexual assault in Hewitt was arrested over the weekend by Waco police on a retaliation charge, alleging the man tried to intimidate a woman in the pending sexual assault case, an arrest affidavit states.

Cairo Zachary Omar Attaway, 19, was arrested Sunday after police investigated a report about late-January social media messages Attaway had allegedly sent discussing the pending sexual assault case, the affidavit states. Attaway allegedly asked the person when the last time was that he talked to the woman accusing him of sexual assault.

Attaway is named as a suspect in the sexual assault at a residence in the 700 block of Sun Valley Boulevard in November 2015, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said. Devlin said Attaway was 17 years old at the time of the offense and the victim was also 17 years old.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Attaway in 2016 and his case is scheduled on the April 2 trial docket, court records show. 

Attaway referenced the sexual assault that he was arrested for two years ago in social media conversations to another witness, the Waco police affidavit states. Later in the conversation, Attaway asked the witness to share a message with the sexual assault victim.

"'Cairo said go straight to hell,'" the affidavit states his message was to the alleged victim. Attaway allegedly told the witness to not to send that message, but tell the woman a more profane message instead, the affidavit states.

In additional conversation, Attaway allegedly asked the witness if he has ever "thought about shooting up a high school," the affidavit states. "I have," Attaway stated, then continued to say, "Maybe we shuda (sic) tried that 2 years ago, [...] I can tell you exactly who I would've shot to (sic).  It was only one person."

Attaway was a student in Midway Independent School District from August 2003 to February 2016. School officials would not confirm if he graduated from Midway High School, citing student privacy laws.

Police arrested Attaway on Sunday on a third-degree felony charge of retaliation. He later posted a bond listed at $7,500 and was released Monday.

Waco attorney Sam Martinez represents Attaway on the sexual assault charge and was recently made aware of Attaway's weekend arrest, he said. Martinez said he was not immediately retained for the retaliation charge and he declined to comment on the matter.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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