Citrus Man Accused of Having Sex with 12-Year-Old Girl

A 22-year-old Inverness man was recently arrested and charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

The man was arrested Monday and is facing lewd and lascivious battery charges.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the man allegedly admitted to having sex with the girl and to knowing how old she was when questioned by deputies.

Deputies believe the girl has been sneaking out of her house to meet the man since May.

The girl’s mother contacted officials in mid June when she saw her daughter and the man together in the neighborhood, according to reports. She apparently told police she was suspicious of their relationship and said that after speaking to her daughter about it, the 12-year-old told her she had been meeting with the man and having sex with him.

The man has been jailed with bond set at $10,000.

The Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton provide powerful and strategic defenses for all types of sex crimes charges in the state of Florida. We fully understand how sex crimes charges in Florida can result in severe criminal penalties.

When you are charged with a sex crime in Florida, you may be facing jail or prison time, mandatory registration as a sex offender, as well as the possibility of losing your job, your reputation, marriage and children. As criminal trial lawyers and former prosecutors, we know how seriously the State views sex crime charges in Florida. In fact, when it comes to sex crimes charges involving children, prosecutors are extremely reluctant to cut you any deals or even listen to your side of the story.

Our Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers will openly listen to the specifics of your case and explain your options in full detail and inform you on what you can expect moving forward. We work aggressively towards getting charges reduced or dropped based on lack of incriminating evidence and other gray areas that often come into play with these types of cases. For a free consultation with us, please call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.

Client Reviews
"Could never see myself using any other law firm. My case was a difficult one it was handled with perfection and extreme professionalism." R. B.
"The staff was very professional and attentive. They answered all my questions and walked me through the process step by step. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case." D.W.
"The whole staff at Whittel & Melton was nice and always ready to help. However, I worked mostly with Jason. He demonstrated that he understood what to expect with our case and better that he cared about what was happening. I was very pleased with the outcome of our case." G.S.