A 27-year-old St. Augustine man was arrested early Monday morning and charged with lewd or lascivious battery on a child older than 12 and younger than 16 years old.
Investigators said they found the man and the victim asleep in the backseat of his car parked at the end of St. Johns Parkway about 2:30 a.m. Monday.
Deputies said the girl told them that she and the man had an ongoing sexual relationship for about three months. She said she would sneak out of the house and the two would go to the area to have sex several times during that time.
Detectives said the man admitted to having sex with the underage girl and was booked into the St. Johns County jail with bond set at $75,000.
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