MANATEE -- A registered sex offender was charged with raping, beating and kidnapping his girlfriend over the weekend.
Peter Fossett, 36, was arrested Monday at his home in the 7100 block of Strand Circle, Bradenton, and charged with sexual battery, kidnapping and aggravated domestic battery. He was held in Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $300,000.
Fossett refused to appear in court Tuesday afternoon for his first-appearance hearing, according to jail deputies. The victim, however, was in the courtroom.
Assistant State Attorney Khalil Madani pointed her out to Circuit Judge Scott Brownell as he urged the judge to set a high bail. The victim stood quietly in the back row, her black eyes and bruises still visible.
"This man is a registered sex offender in Ohio," Madani said. "He has failed to register in Florida."
Prosecutors also plan to charge Fossett with failing to register as a sex offender, Madani said.
Fossett is a danger to the community should he post bond, Madani said. Concerns about what, if any, bond Fossett could afford were moot, according to the public defender's application, which revealed he had no assets.
Brownell ordered Fossett to have no contact with the victim and appointed the public defender's office to represent him.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detective Chris Gillum said there is concern Fossett, also known as Pete, could have additional victims. Gillum, who was in court Tuesday, said the investigation is ongoing.
Gillum said Fossett is required to register as a sex offender because of an Ohio case involving soliciting a 15-year-old girl for sex. Fossett has previously registered in Ohio and his home state of Kentucky.
The detective asks anyone who has had contact with Fossett or been a victim to call 941-747-3011, ext. 1991.
Fossett's victim did not initially report what happened, telling the detective she was afraid of him.
At about 3 a.m. Saturday, the couple, who had been dating for two months, had gone to Holmes Beach but were asked to leave by Holmes Beach police, according to the arrest report.
The victim was driving and pulled over, which angered Fossett and he poured water on her head.
"When the victim demanded the suspect get out of the car, he proceeded to pummel the victim with his fist about head, neck and face," Gillum wrote in the report.
The beating left her with a broken eye socket, broken bone in her neck, black eyes and multiple bruises, according to the report. The injuries were documented at the Venice Regional Hospital emergency room by the Venice Police Department.
The victim was in and out of consciousness and Fossett demanded she climb on top of him to have sex while he drove. Fearing another beating, the victim complied.
"The suspect then continued to drive the victim around and told her he has killed two people before and would feed her to the alligators in Myakka," Gillum wrote.
Fossett later pulled over at an unknown location in Manatee County and demanded sex from the victim again.
At some point, the report states, Fossett exited the car somewhere on State Road 70 and took off on foot.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.