Manatee man, 53, charged with raping girl

MANATEE - A 53-year-old Manatee man was arrested today after he told investigators that he had been sexually abusing a girl, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Eligio Caraballo-Morales went to the sheriff's office operations center and said he had molested the girl, several times. Detectives located the girl, and she told them that Caraballo-Morales had attacked her on numerous occasions over a six-month period, according to a news release.

Caraballo-Morales was being held at the Manatee County jail on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of sexual battery.

The investigation is continuing, according to the sheriff's office.