A 23-year-old Palm Coast man was arrested Thursday in connection with alleged sexual offenses involving two teenage girls, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim over 12 but less than 16 and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Deputies said the two girls in the alleged incidents were ages 14 and 15.
The investigation into the man began April 5, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The alleged incident involves reports of two sexual batteries at the same time involving two victims.
The victims claim the alleged abuse occurred March 15, but they failed to report anything because “they were scared.”
Both eventually told their mothers what happened, deputies said.
Detectives believe the girls snuck out of their homes early March 15 to ride their bicycles. While they were out, they apparently met the man and agreed to go on a walk with him.
The girls claim the man eventually “made each girl perform a sexual act on him,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The man was arrested Thursday at a Palm Coast shopping plaza. He was booked into the Flagler County jail on $270,000 bond.
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