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Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a 13-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student Thursday morning on a charge of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12, according to a press release by the Sheriff’s Office.
The teen is charged with inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl in their Palm Coast home in the late evening hours of Jan. 10.
The victim told detectives that around 9 p.m., she was lying on a couch sleeping when she was awakened by the teenager who was pulling down her pants and underwear. The girl said the teenager then digitally touched her private area, but ran back to his bed when an adult approached the two.
The adult told deputies he found the girl in her room with her pants down around her feet. The teenager was arrested by detectives this morning.
“This is an upsetting case of abuse. We have our victim advocates working with the young girl and her parents to be sure she has access to the professional attention that she undoubtedly needs after such an experience,” Flagler County Sheriff James Manfre said in a statement.
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Also: Let's hear it for the Matanzas Women's Club, which raised $5,000 for college scholarships; the holiday boat parade needs captains; and more.
No Shave November Contest
Locals have been growing their facial hair over the past month, but on Nov. 30, they reconvened at Woody's BBQ to pick the best beards and mustaches. November is prostate cancer awareness month and FPC's boys lacrosse team started a local no-shave contest with 30 participants. They raised more than $1,000 for Florida Hospital Flagler.
Spread some cheer: Palm Coast to hold tree lighting
Palm Coast will hold its annual tree lighting 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Town Center. The Fantasy Lights display will also open that day.