published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Man jailed for having sex with 12-year-old
By PHIL ATTINGER
SEBRING -- A 26-year-old man who allegedly sexually battered a minor six months ago has been arrested and charged after the child was found to be pregnant.
The father, arrest reports said, was a family acquaintance, Sandes Etienne of 1209 Citroen Drive in Sebring. He has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior.
Arrest reports state the victim was 12 at the time of the incident.
A month ago, on Sept. 11, a woman reported to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office that a 13-year-old girl had been the victim of sexual battery.
Names of the girl and her associates are being withheld in an effort not to identify the victim.
According to reports, the girl had been doing poorly in school sometime before that, so the woman had sent her to live with another woman in Moultrie, Ga.
The woman later visited her shortly before the beginning of September, and noticed the girl looked a little larger. However, she believed the girl may have only gained a little weight.
However, on Sept. 11, the woman called the girl's school in Georgia and was told by the guidance counselor that many of the other children had been insinuating that the girl was pregnant.
So she had her Georgia friend take the child for a pregnancy test, and they learned she was six months pregnant.
When the woman spoke with the girl over the phone, the girl said she had been sexually battered by Etienne.
Deputies in Georgia helped with the investigation, getting a taped sworn statement from the girl on Sept. 19.
Based on that interview, the content of which were not released by law enforcement, Etienne was arrested and booked in the Highlands County Jail on Thursday, with bail set at $125,000.
Im Ok! (by: Dania - 10/24/2013)
Thank for caring even if i dont know you im ok and in good hands and so is he...he will get a good sentence and is gettin deported back to Haiti ...And the baby is doing good as well
(by: Dania - 10/24/2013)
no need to worry about me guys im ok and he's being taking care of........ detective said he will get deported back to Haiti thanks for caring!!
FRY HIM!! (by: Vigilante - 10/21/2013)
This should be a capital crime. Sexual battery against a child. This thug does not deserve to walk the planet.
What a pig (by: bjean - 10/21/2013)
Sick individual here. He's just ruined this LITTLE girls life. Not to mention an innocent babys life too. What a pig. I hope the little girl gets help and that the baby is placed with a loving couple who would love a child of their own.
(by: No Name - 10/20/2013)
Smh Sandes You Outta Be A Shamed Of Your Self ! You 26 And She 13 Dang Shamee This My Freaking Wiffey !
Disgusting behavior... (by: D.J. Steward - 10/20/2013)
Some men use the excuse, "she looked older than 12, 13, 14" whatever...I don't care how "old" a young girl supposedly acts or looks it is no excuse for some person who is basically twice her age to abuse her by having sex with her and getting her pregnant. Her body is not ready yet to have a baby despite the fact that technically she can have one. Plus she certainly isn't ready maturity wise. I feel very sorry for this young girl and this poor baby.
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