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Detectives: 15-year-old arrested after admitting to sexually battering 7-year-old girl

Posted: 1:12 PM, Oct 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-06 16:34:32Z

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Pasco County Detectives arrested a 15-year-old boy from Wesley Chapel who they say admitted to sexually battering a 7-year-old girl. 

Detectives say, starting at an unknown time in 2017 up until this week, the defendant would repeatedly rape the victim.

The victim told detectives the defendant did this to her, "a lot" and that in the past she asked him to stop.

A babysitter found the suspect with the victim alone in a closet and asked the victim what happened. When the victim told her, she immediately contacted the girl's mother who then contacted the sheriff's office. 

When questioned by detectives, the defendant first told them he started exposing himself to the victim and grabbing her butt around a year and a half ago. He denied any other allegations. 

When detectives confronted the defendant with what the victim said, they say he slumped his head before admitting that the victim was telling the truth. The defendant told deputies he would touch the victim with his genitals as well as place his genitals in the victim's mouth. However, the defendant denied the rape allegations, detectives say. 

After his admission, the defendant was placed under arrest and transported to a Juvenile Assessment Center. 

He is facing charges for sexual battery of a victim under the age of 12.