Punta Gorda Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girlfriend

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A man who was apparently released from prison late last year is in police custody after being accused of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

According to police reports, police and the Punta Gorda Fire and Charlotte County EMS arrived at a house around 2 p.m. on Saturday after a woman had called requesting an ambulance. Once at the home, police claim a woman in her mid-20s told them she had been sexually assaulted and held against her will at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Detectives apparently investigated the incident and allegedly discovered that the woman’s 37-year-old boyfriend solicited sex from her and, when she refused, he allegedly threatened her.

The woman claims she attempted to flee, but was thrown to the ground, sexually assaulted, threatened and told not to leave the house.

According to reports, man apparently left the home shortly after 2 p.m. and the woman was able to leave the home and call the police.

The man was arrested late Saturday afternoon and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment. He is currently being held at the Charlotte County Jail with no bond.

Sexual battery or rape is considered the forceful and deliberate touching of someone sexually without their permission. This offense can involve many different crimes, including forced kissing, unwelcome sexual contact, not allowing a sexual partner to refuse an intimate act or sexual torment. Florida law views sexual battery on a partner or spouse as a very serious crime, and prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions. Even if consenting sexual intimacy occurred previously, if a partner accuses you of sexual battery, police will investigate. A sexual battery conviction can result in prison time, harsh fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender in state and national databases.

A good amount of sex crimes cases involve false accusations, and the results can be devastating. Current Girlfriends, estranged spouses or even ex-lovers sometimes fabricate sexual allegations in order to get back at you. One misguided accusation can change your life forever. The Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can defend your freedom. By performing a factual investigation and thoroughly analyzing police reports, we may be able to protect your good name.

Sexual battery accusations can seriously impact your life and future, so it is important to fight for your rights. The Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can present a powerful defense on your behalf and help you avoid the stigma that comes with a sex offense conviction. We work hard to uncover the truth and challenge the prosecution’s side of the story. By building a defense centered on your specific circumstances we may be able to  have the charges against you reduced or even dropped.

If you are facing sexual battery charges in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).