Around the region for July 8, 2013


Published: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 9:28 p.m.

Police beat

Police: Man attempted sex assault on teen

An Alachua man was arrested Saturday afternoon and accused of attempting to sexually assault a 16-year-old boy.

The suspect, 38, arrived at the victim’s residence Saturday afternoon and asked the victim if he wanted to play darts and video games at the suspect’s house, according to the Alachua Police Department.

The suspect’s name is withheld because, according to his family and the victim’s family, he has a mental disability. The victim does as well, the families told police.

While at his home, the suspect asked the victim to play strip poker. The two played the game, with the suspect removing all of his clothes except his underwear. The victim told police he removed only his shirt.

Police allege that the suspect then touched the victim and attempted a sexual assault. The victim told the man to stop and left for a friend’s house. The suspect told the victim not to tell anyone and then followed the boy, police said.

The victim’s friend was not at home, so the boy went to his house and told his mother about the incident, according to the police report.

The suspect told police the sexual overture was an accident. He was booked into the Alachua County jail and held on a charge of attempted sexual battery.

— Hannah O. Brown

Man, 21, accused of sex abuse of girl, 14

A 21-year-old Lake Butler man was arrested Saturday night after Gainesville police say he engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old Alachua girl.

Police say Isaac Johnson was in the backseat of a vehicle with the girl at Green Tree Park, 1901 NW 39th Ave. They were discovered about 11:30 p.m.; the park closes at 11.

The victim told police her name and provided a date of birth that would make her 17. The girl’s mother later told police that she was actually 14, according to a report.

The victim told police that she and Johnson met on Facebook and arranged to meet in Alachua. The two drove to Gainesville, parked at the city park and engaged in sexual activity, police said. Police found an open condom wrapper and other evidence in the vehicle that suggested the two had sexual intercourse.

Johnson admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim, but denied knowing she was 14. He told police he never asked her age.

Johnson was booked into the Alachua County jail on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a person younger than 16.

— Hannah O. Brown

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