MANATEE -- The co-owner of a Bradenton body shop is charged with molesting a girl when she was 10 years old, according to the Manatee Sheriff's Office.
Russell Keith Altenbach, 47, was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to a news release. He is currently being held at the Manatee County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $300,000.
Altenbach is a co-owner
of Costatino's Body Shop in Bradenton.
Investigators received the information leading to the charges on Nov. 24, after the now-18-year-old girl made the disclosure to her mother.
The victim and Altenbach had known one another.
The girl told her mother, that when she was between the ages of 10 and 12, Altenbach would come into her room and fondle her.
On Monday, a controlled call was placed to Altenbach in which he admitted to the molestation the victim had disclosed as well as making an additional admission of lewd molestation, according to the report. He admitted that the incidents occurred on more than one occasion when she was 10 years old.
During a second controlled call, Altenbach apologized to the victim.
Altenbach was later found Monday at his home in Bradenton and arrested without incident. He refused to speak with investigators, invoking his right to an attorney.