MANATEE — A 46-year-old Palmetto man remained in jail Tuesday night after he allegedly groped a girl between the age of 12 and 18, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Authorities arrested Lawrence Ronald Martini after a family member of the girl contacted Martini and asked him about what happened during a monitored telephone call.
“I’m not denying what she said,” he said during the phone call, according to the report. Martini alledgedly groped the girl during a June 30 incident.
Deputies arrested Martini at his residence Sunday and charged him with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation. No bail was listed, according to the Manatee County jail website