MANATEE — A 21-year-old Manatee County man was charged with lewd and lascivious battery Wednesday after a juvenile victim reported him to authorities.
Justin Entler of the 4200 block of 53rd Avenue West reportedly took a juvenile younger than 14 to Emerson Point Park in late November, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
They went for a walk and went to a secluded area where they reportedly had consensual sex. Entler then took the victim home, according to the report.
This was the only time the two had sex and the first time the victim had sex, the victim told authorities.
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Entler was located at his home with his fiancee and son. He consented to a interview outside of his apartment where he reportedly confessed to having sex with the victim.
He reportedly told deputies he knew it was wrong because the victim is young and that is why he stopped after about five minutes.
Entler was arrested Wednesday and remained in the Manatee County jail Thursday subject to a $10,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.