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A Waterford Lakes, Florida tanning salon worker is facing charges of sexual battery and attempted unlicensed practice of a health care profession after he allegedly walked in on two teenage clients and attempted to touch their private parts several times.
Investigators claim the 37-year-old man entered a room at the tanning salon while one girl was nude on an automatic massage bed and told the two females that he was getting his masseuse license and offered them a massage for free. According to detectives, the man pointed to his wedding ring and told the girls he was married and tried to touch their genitalia.
The tanning salon has not released any statements.
According to WFTV, neither the man nor his wife, who is a manager at the salon, would answer any questions.
Under Florida Statutes, sexual battery involves the unwanted touching of another person in a sexual manner. In general, this offense encompasses molestation, inappropriate fondling and forced sexual intercourse. Sexual battery in the state of Florida is equivalent to rape, making it a potentially severe criminal offense. Depending on various factors pertaining to how the alleged offense occurred, sexual battery may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Certain circumstances, such as the age of the victim in comparison to the accused, whether any serious injuries were sustained and a number of other issues, can contribute to how the State chooses to charge this crime. A person accused of sexual battery may face serious penalties including jail or prison time, fines, restitution to the victim and possibly mandatory registration as a sex offender for life.
Registration as a sex offender is undeniably one of the most serious consequences associated with a sex crime conviction, including sexual battery. A sexual offender must register with the local police department following their release from prison or completion of probation and then re-register at specific ordered times. A sex offender’s name, address, photo and description of the offense he or she committed will be displayed on the national sex offender registry for anyone to view at any time. Because of this, a sexual offender may have difficulty finding employment, a place to live and limited educational and financial opportunities.
It is important to understand that every person accused of a crime, no matter the severity, has the right to legal counsel. Your ability to achieve a positive outcome for your unique situation is jeopardized if you choose to do nothing to combat charges against you. The Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have the experience needed to help you with whatever type of sex crime charge you are facing.
If you are under investigation for a sex crime in Florida or if charges have already been brought against you, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).
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