Tennessee man charged with sexual battery of a 5-year-old girl

Posted at 11:33 AM, Mar 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 02:32:36-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- An 18-year-old man left alone with a 5-year-old is charged with sexually assaulting the girl, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said. 

Justin Bowen of Hendersonville, Tenn., and his parents traveled to Florida in February to visit people who lived in Hillsborough County.

During the visit, Bowen and the 5-year-old girl were left alone at the residence for about 10 to 15 minutes, the sheriff's media release said. The girl's parents had walked outside to get the mail and speak with the neighbors.

The little girl later told a family member about the incident.

Bowen returned to Tennessee and declined to cooperate with Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators, the news release said.

Detectives gathered sufficient evidence to obtain an arrest warrant.

Bowen returned to Hillsborough County, where he surrendered to authorities.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, where he faces a charge of sexual battery of a victim under 12.

The investigation continues.