SARASOTA, FL (April 02, 2020) - According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and an online news report published on Bradenton.com, a twenty-five-year-old man from Bradenton has been arrested and charged with numerous felonies following a violent sexual assault.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Deputies stated that the Bradenton is accused of sexually battering a woman and beating her until the victim became unconscious. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a Sarasota apartment when they received a call from the mother of the victim. The mother of the victim stated that her daughter had been knocked out and was raped. Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies stated that they noticed "significant" injuries, and choke marks on the victim's neck.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies quickly noticed "significant' injuries, including marks on her neck where she had been choked. The suspect was apprehended and booked into the Sarasota County jail. He will remain at the jail and was unable to post bond. The suspect faces several charges, including burglary, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and sexual battery.
The arrest report states that the attacker arrived at the victim's apartment in the early afternoon. The attacker was known to the victim. The attacker began striking the victim's door, and then the attacker told the victim's boyfriend to leave, and the victim's boyfriend fled the scene. The attacker then entered the apartment through the unlocked door and attacked the victim. The attacker beat the woman, sexually assaulted her, and then continued to beat the victim until she was unconscious. The attacker then waited for the victim to wake up again, and then he beat her until she was unconscious once again.
Florida Statute 794.011 Sexual Battery Laws, Penalties and Charges
According to Florida Statute 794.011 Sexual Battery, it is a crime if one person commits non-consensual vaginal, anal, or oral contact with another individual using an object or their reproductive organ. Sexual Battery is more commonly called rape. In the State of Florida, rape charges are the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in Florida. A conviction of any rape or sex crime will carry severe and long-lasting penalties. One of the most difficult issues to deal with when defending yourself in a rape trial is that these cases often come down to the accuser's account of the situation versus the accused's account.
Penalties for Sexual Battery in the State of Florida
The penalties and punishments for Sexual Battery will vary depending on the age of the victim, the age of the convicted offender, and if there are aggravating circumstances.
An individual sentenced to prison for Sexual Battery is not qualified to gain time, but they must serve the entire prison sentence. Also, every individual who is convicted of Sexual Battery will be designated either a sexual predator or a sexual offender under Florida law. A conviction of a sex crime such as rape will require the convicted person to adhere to the sexual offender and predator registration laws for the rest of their lives.