After allegedly not allowing the 17-year-old female victim to leave his apartment, sending her Snapchat pictures of his penis and touching her sexually, a Gainesville man was arrested Saturday for imprisoning a minor and unlawful sexual activity.
Deshawnte Bolden, 25, was out drinking with the victim at 4 a.m. Saturday when she decided to go home with him, according to her account in court records.
Bolden lay down next to the victim on the same couch and touched her buttocks, court records show. When she began to kick him away, Bolden sent her pictures of his penis via Snapchat.
The victim got up to leave, but Bolden blocked her way, the arrest report reveals, only letting her go if she gave him a hug and a kiss. She told deputies she hugged Bolden in an attempt to leave the apartment after initially refusing.
After officers read Bolden his Miranda rights, he told investigators he immediately left the apartment once he learned the victim was 17. He denied anything sexual happened between them.
Indecent touching of a minor that’s 16 or 17 when the perpetrator is 24 or older could constitute a third-degree felony charge, according to Florida statutes. Bolden has no existing criminal record in Alachua County.
Bolden appeared in court Sunday morning and was granted a $500,000 bond, an Alachua County Jail spokesperson said. He’ll remain in custody until his bond is paid.
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