Man Arrested For Sexual Battery Of Teen
Sexual battery is a serious crime. It’s not taken lightly in Florida, especially if the victim is a minor.
A Florida man was recently arrested for sexual battery of a 17-year-old girl. The man was arrested in Miami-Dade on November 1 after sexually assaulting the victim on two separate occasions.
On September 10, the 35-year-old man came into contact with the victim at the intersection of SW 62nd Avenue and County Line Road in Miramar. He forced the victim into a vehicle at gunpoint. He then allegedly forced the victim to engage with him in a sexual manner. The man allegedly engaged with the victim in a sexual manner a second time at a separate location.
The man was booked into jail on November 2. He faces charges of kidnapping and armed sexual battery. He is being held without bond. Police believe there are other victims. They are asked to contact Miramar police.
Sexual Battery in Florida
Sexual battery is more commonly known as rape. It is one of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in Florida. As such, it comes with severe penalties.
Under Florida Statute 794.011, sexual battery occurs when a person has non-consensual oral, anal, or vaginal contact with another person using their object or a sexual organ. Basically, it refers to non-consensual sexual activity, or sex with a minor or anyone else who cannot legally give consent (such as someone who is mentally disabled or incapacitated).
There is the standard crime of sexual battery as well as several enhanced forms of sexual battery. One of them is sexual battery with a deadly weapon. This crime is committed when a person has non-consensual oral, anal, or vaginal contact with another person due to the use or threat of a deadly weapon, such as a gun or knife. This is what occurred in this case. The man forced the girl to have sex with him at gunpoint.
Based on the victim’s age and circumstances of the case, the offender could face enhanced penalties. The crime of aggravated sexual battery on a person between 12 and 18 years of age is classified as a life felony. This crime is punishable by life in prison. They also face a $10,000 fine and sex offender probation for the rest of their lives.
Under Florida law, this crime is assigned a Level 9 offense. The minimum sentence for this crime, absent prior criminal history, a judge is required to sentence a person to a minimum sentence of nine years in prison, with at least two years of sex offender probation upon release.
Seek Help for Your Criminal Defense Case
Sexual battery is no laughing matter. In Florida, it can lead to a life sentence, so you need a solid defense to protect your life and liberty.
Contact a Dade City & Zephyrhills sexual battery attorney from Madonna Law Group. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with law enforcement officers and prosecutors during sexual battery investigations. We’ll help you get a favorable outcome. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (800) 557-0411.