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Palm Coast man charged in rape of teenage girl

Brandon Moon, 21, was already incarcerated on a burglary charge when additional charges were filed in connection with the rape of one of his female relatives, a teenage girl.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A 21-year-old Palm Coast man already imprisoned on a burglary charge has been charged with rape, molestation and impregnating a child after one of his relatives, a young girl, told family members that he’d raped her. 

Charges were filed in March and an arrest warrant was served to the suspect, Brandon Moon, at the Flagler County jail Aug. 13.

The rape was revealed after family members took the girl to the doctor’s office because she had stopped menstruating, and tests revealed that she was eight months pregnant, according to a charging affidavit. The girl told her father after they left the doctor’s office that Moon, a relative, had raped her in the summer of 2013 when she was staying at her aunt’s house in Palm Coast. Moon was 19 then. The girl was 13 or 14.

The girl told her father that she told her aunt and her grandmother about the rape and about previous cases of molestation by Moon, but that they “brushed her off” and “told her not to tell her dad … because he has a short temper and would hurt (Moon) if he found out,” according to the affidavit.

The girl said Moon had also molested her on previous occasions in Kentucky and in Crystal River, Florida. Her aunt once walked in while Moon was molesting her, the girl told a forensic interviewer, but the aunt only grabbed the girl and took her out of the room. “Told grandma but nothing happened,” the affidavit states. In another case, the girl said, the grandmother caught Moon molesting her, and yelled at him.

The grandmother “told parents that it was in the best interest of the child not to report so she wasn’t traumatized again,” according to the affidavit

The charging affidavit states that there were “possible other victims in Palm Coast … and in Kentucky.” 

In 2014, the girl gave birth to a baby boy in a Marion County, Florida hospital. Medical personnel collected DNA that a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab checked against Moon’s. “The probability of parentage was 99%,” according to the report. 

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