Juvenile arrested in sex case

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By Abdon Sidibe


A 17-year-old male from Inverness was arrested Monday for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Citrus County Sheriff Office.

The juvenile is facing one count of lewd and lascivious battery on someone between 12 to 16 years.

According to the teen’s arrest report, the girl said she left on a school day with the suspect in his vehicle and drove to a local park where they had sexual intercourse.

She told investigators she later returned to school and never told the school resource officer about the incident. She reportedly said she knew the teen was 17 and he also knew she was 14. She also claimed she had sex with the suspect because she felt embarrassed.

When investigators visited the suspect, he reportedly admitted to having sex with the girl. He was arrested and was to be transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Ocala.

Chronicle reporter A.B. Sidibe can be reached at 352-564-2925 or asidibe@chronicleonline.com.