Orlando news outlets are reporting that a Deltona man, 37, has been arrested and charged with sexual activity with a minor and a probation violation regarding sex offender registration.
The man was in Volusia County jail this morning after law enforcement officers went to a house and found the man in bed with a pregnant 17-year-old.
The man had been convicted of sexual battery in Duval County back in 1994. That conviction required him to notify local officials whenever he changed addresses; something authorities allege he failed to do in Volusia County.
A relative of the teen apparently contacted officials to inform them that the man was living with the 17-year-old and that he’s the father of her unborn child. According to media reports, both the man and teen told officials he’s the father of her baby.
She is six to seven months pregnant, according to reports.
Deputies went to the house yesterday to interview the man, they said. Inside the residence they claim to have found pipes used to smoke marijuana and a grinder.
However, the man is at this point not facing any paraphernalia-related charges.
A relative of the teenager is also in jail, officials said. Her relationship to the teen was not disclosed, though she is charged with child neglect.
She was also charged with child abuse, apparently because she allowed a 12-year-old boy to “spend the night” with the suspect, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
The charges the man and woman face are all deserving of serious attention from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Sex offender living with pregnant teen arrested, deputies say,” Jerriann Sullivan, Oct. 17, 2013