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Bradenton man charged with raping girl, 13

MANATEE — Authorities have arrested a Bradenton man on a charge he raped a 13-year-old girl in his apartment, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The girl told sheriff’s detectives she met Michael Justin Souza, 25, at the swimming pool at her apartment complex in the 6000 block of 34th Street West, and he asked her to come to his apartment, according to reports.

Sheriff’s reports say the victim went to Souza’s apartment, where he raped her.

Souza told detectives he had consensual sex with the girl, and the victim told him she was older than she is, according to reports.

Detectives arrested Souza on a charge of sexual battery, and he was being held in the Manatee County jail on $75,000 bond.