Charlotte County detectives arrest man for having sex with girl, age 11
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County detectives arrested a 37-year-old man for having sex twice with an 11-year-old runaway girl.
The child had been staying in a Fort Myers youth shelter and was granted a weekend home visit in September. She ran away but was found and returned to the shelter. That's when she told a counselor about a sexual battery that occurred with two men in Port Charlotte.
After a lengthy investigation detectives arrested Christopher Maurice Roberts of Fleming Island, Florida on two felony counts of capital sexual battery.
The girl gave law enforcement a description a car she rode in with Roberts and on September 24 North Port Police stopped a car matching the description finding Roberts and another man. His name is not being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing. Knowing the two men’s names, their photos were obtained and put in a photo lineup; the girl positively identified both men.
Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. the detectives was traveling south on U.S. 41 approaching the Punta Gorda bridge and spotted the Robert's car going northbound. The detective couldn’t turn around on the bridge so he contacted other units in the area to look for the purple car. Moments later a deputy stopped the purple car and made a traffic stop at 3013 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte; the driver was Roberts. The detective met with Roberts and informed him of the sexual battery case; he declined to comment and wanted to speak to his attorney. Roberts was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on no bond.