Venice Man Accused of Raping Knocked-Out Minor

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 33-year-old man and charged him with sexual battery on a person older than 12 while the victim was physically incapacitated, contributing to delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest without violence.

Detectives interviewed a young girl at Venice Regional Medical Center over the weekend who claims that the Venice, FL man drank beer with her, gave her pills and had sex with her while she was passed out in his apartment on Saturday.

The man remains in the Sarasota County jail on more than a $100,000 bond.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, somewhere in the United States, a woman is raped every 2 minutes. In Florida, a sexual offense is reported to law enforcement every 42 minutes. Of the 6.4 million adult women living throughout the state of Florida, nearly 713,000 have been raped at least once throughout the course of their life. One out of every nine adult women, almost 713,000 adult women in Florida, has fallen victim to forcible rape sometime in her lifetime.

Sexual battery, also known as rape, is one of the most serious crimes under Florida law. Sexual battery on a physically incapacitated person in the state of Florida is commonly identified as date rape. Date rape can be intricate and include narcotics, intoxicating substances or anesthetics that can seriously obstruct a person’s frame of mind and conduct restraining them from consenting to a sexual act. Depending on what type of date rape charge you are facing, consequences of a guilty verdict can be grave. Prison sentences can vary anywhere from 6.5 years to 30 years without parole. You could also face heavy fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender, sexual predator, or both.

If you have been accused, arrested or charged with date rape anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers online or call 866-608-5529.

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