MANATEE -- A man already facing charges he beat and raped his girlfriend has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender after his recent move to Manatee County.
Peter Fossett, 36, is charged with sexual battery, kidnapping and aggravated domestic battery. An additional charge of failing to register as a sex offender was filed Wednesday afternoon. He is being held without bond in Manatee County jail.
Fossett is scheduled in court at 1 p.m. Thursday for a first-appearance hearing.
Fossett refused to appear before a judge Tuesday afternoon for a hearing on the earlier charges.
The 37-year-old victim, who appeared at Fossett's hearing Tuesday with black eyes and bruises still visible, was granted a temporary injunction for protection by a family court judge Tuesday, according to court records.
Fossett is required to register as a sex offender because of a conviction in Ohio for soliciting a 15-year-old girl for sex. He initially registered in Ohio in 2005 and when he relocated March 24 to his home state of Kentucky.
Fossett moved to Manatee County two and a half months ago but failed to register as a sex offender with the sheriff's office, according to an arrest report. He stayed in Palmetto and relocated to Bradenton where he was arrested Monday morning.
"This suspect poses an extreme danger to society," detective Chris Gillum wrote in the arrest report.
The attack was not immediately reported to law enforcement because the victim told investigators she was afraid of Fossett.
The investigation revealed the couple, who had been dating for two months, went to Holmes Beach early Saturday morning but were asked to leave by police. The attack began shortly after when the victim was driving and pulled over, which angered Fossett and he reportedly poured water on her head.
The victim demanded Fossett get out of the car but he reportedly punched her in the head, neck and face. She was left with a broken eye socket, broken bone in her neck, black eyes and multiple bruises.
As the victim drifted in and out of consciousness, Fossett demanded she climb on top of him to have sex while he drove. Fearing another beating, the victim complied.
The victim told detectives he terrorized her, including telling her he would feed her to the alligators in Myakka.
Later he pulled over at an unknown location in Manatee County and demanded sex from the victim again. Some time later, she told investigators Fossett got the car somewhere on State Road 70 and took off on foot.
The detective asks anyone who has had contact with Fossett or been a victim to call 941-747-3011, ext. 1991.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.