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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Gainesville man arrested for molestation of 15-year-old child

Bond set Thursday at $20,000

A Gainesville man was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with molesting a 15-year-old girl multiple times over Christmas week.

Deputies charged Gabriel Richard Munoz, 22, for making repeated sexual advancements on the girl from Dec. 21 to 26. He made sexual comments, inappropriately touched the girl over her clothing and molested her at one point, according to her account in the arrest report.

These incidents were said to take place both a home and during several car trips.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report Wednesday about the incident, when detectives confronted Munoz.

After deputies read Munoz his Miranda rights, he told law enforcement he was “being stupid” and admitted to being “overly friendly” as well as touching her butt on one occasion, according to the report.

He also said one incident in the car was accidental, according to the report.

Munoz was charged with one count of lewd or lascivious molestation of a minor older than 12 but younger than 16, which constitutes a felony of the second degree, according to Florida Statutes. He has no prior criminal charges in the county.

He appeared in court Thursday morning and his bond was set to $20,000, an ASCO spokesperson said.

Contact Aidan Bush at abush@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @aidandisto.

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Aidan Bush

Aidan Bush is a third-year journalism major and the Spring 2024 Engagement Managing Editor of The Alligator. In his free time, he likes to listen to music and go kayaking.


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