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Deputies: More women have stories similar to assault case

Posted at 11:44 AM, Feb 25, 2020

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — After the arrest of a Florida man on charges he sexually assaulted a woman after meeting her for a purported job interview, a sheriff's office says more than a half-dozen women have come forward with similar encounters with the suspect.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Monday that detectives are reaching out to the women who shared similar stories about Jason Minton.

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Minton, 43, is facing sexual battery and kidnapping charges after a woman last week contacted authorities.

The woman told police in Ormond Beach that she met Minton while at work earlier this month. She said Minton overheard her saying she was looking for a higher-paying job, and told her the tree company where he worked was looking to hire someone. Minton contacted her to set up a lunch interview at a restaurant.

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Ormond Beach police released a surveillance video they say shows Minton dragging the woman unconscious through the restaurant's parking lot to his truck. Police said he took her to an unknown location and raped her, then drove her back to the restaurant and put her in her car.

Minton's attorney has said his client maintains his innocence.