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Man, arrested, accused of assaulting girl

August 2, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

A Fort Myers man has been arrested in connection with the sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl in a Fort Myers Beach bathroom.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies responded to Plaka Restaurant in Times Square on Tuesday after an assault was reported.

Shortly after, deputies located the suspect, Joel Rodriguez, 19, and arrested him at approximately 10:21 p.m.

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Joel Rodriguez

Rodriguez had interacted with the girl at the restaurant, then pulled her into the men's bathroom and sexually assaulted her, police reported.

He was charged with sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation.

He remained in custody late Thursday with a bond amount of $100,000.

His trial date is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 8:30 a.m.

"There will be zero tolerance for crimes against our county's most vulnerable, our children and seniors," stated Undersheriff Carmine Marceno. "The suspect was located quickly and taken into custody, where he belongs."



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