Bradenton man charged with child molestation

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 16:08:21-05

A 32-year-old man has been arrested for molesting four young girls at a Bradenton home, officials said.

Francisco Javier Santos-Ortiz faces six counts of molesting a victim less than 12 years old and one count of custodian forced fondling of victim less than 12 years old, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. He is being held at the Manatee County Jail on no bond.

Manatee County sheriff's deputies recently responded to a Bradenton residence to investigate a lewd and lascivious call involving the suspect, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office news release states. Based on their investigaiton, deputies arrested Santos-Ortiz Saturday, Jan. 16.

The ages of the victims range from 5 to 10 years old.

Manatee sheriff's detectives believe the abuse had occurred for the past three years, the release states.

The investigation continues.

Manatee detectives are asking anyone with information helpful to the investigation to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011.