Gainesville, FL (November 13, 2018) – In Gainesville, a man has been arrested for sexual battery and an array of other charges after police claim that he threatened his girlfriend with a knife and then raped her. The 30-year-old who has been arrested was identified as Cambriel Thornton.

Thornton and the woman were together for a year and lived together. Around 1 a.m. in the morning on Sunday, police say that Thornton got angry that the woman wanted to go to church with someone that he didn’t like, which made the conversation escalate into a scene of violence. Thornton then punched the woman twice in her mouth.

While they were fighting, Thornton grabbed a knife, which he used to intimidate and threaten the woman. When Thornton later asked the woman to have sex, she declined him, which is when he raped her. Thornton denied the woman’s accusations, but was booked on sexual battery and false imprisonment charges.

Gainesville Sexual Battery Laws

Gainesville, FL – Man Arrested on Sexual Battery and Other ChargesSex crimes are some of the most harshly-charged crimes that take place across Florida due to the brutal circumstances of each particular case. These cases can quickly become complicated, affecting hundreds of men and women across Florida every year who deny that rape or another type of injustice took place, which causes the accuser’s word to go against the word of the accused’s. If you have been charged with sexual battery in Florida, you could receive a wide array of charges depending on the age of the defendant and victim, or any aggravating circumstances. Even the most minor events of sexual battery can carry penalties of fifteen years in prison and a $10,000 fine, which is why you need an experienced attorney on your side to protect you.

During this extremely difficult time in your life as you attempt to bring a defense to protect yourself, you need an experienced legal representative on your side who has a track record of successful case results in the past. At Musca Law, we represent the defendants in these cases who are now facing lengthy charges and want to take a step toward defending themselves in the most difficult time of their lives. Call us to find out how we can help you at this time at (888) 484-5057.

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