A former Palmetto man is charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl for eight years, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Jean Peter Beausoleil, 59, was first arrested May 24 and charged with capital sexual battery by a person over the age of 18 upon a victim less than 12 years of age.
On Monday, Beausoleil was charged with two additional counts of sexual assault. He was held without bond at the Manatee County jail.
Beausoleil refused to appear before Circuit Judge Susan Maulucci on Tuesday afternoon for a first-appearance hearing. Maulucci ordered the Public Defender’s Office continue to represent him and ordered him held without bond as the judge presiding over his case had ordered.
Jean Peter Beausoleil is charged with one count of capital sexual battery and two counts of sexual assault.
The allegations first came to light when the 12-year-old victim told a friend who encouraged her to tell someone at school, according to the affidavit for the initial warrant for Beausoleil’s arrest dated May 20. The victim did reveal the allegations to a school employee who in turn called the Florida child abuse hotline.
On May 18, a sheriff’s deputy and a child protective investigator went to the victim’s home and met with her, her mother and her three siblings. The victim told the deputy Beausoleil had been sexually abusing her for about eight years, since she was 4 or 5 years old, without going into the details, according to reports.
Investigators scheduled a videorecorded interview with the girl at Manatee Children’s Services the next day. In the interview, the 12-year-old girl detailed how the abuse began when she would visit Beausoleil’s home in Palmetto.
The victim said when no one else was in the home, Beausoleil would have her undress and would undress himself. She then described in detail how Beausoleil would sexually abuse her.
The abuse would occur every time she visited, according to the sheriff’s office. The last incident occurred the previous weekend, she said, when she visited where Beausoleil was now living in Cape Coral.
The victim then made a controlled call to Beausoleil, but he said he was working and couldn’t talk, the affidavit states. A second controlled call was scheduled May 20. During that call, the victim told Beausoleil she was worried about what was happening between them and was considering telling someone.
“No, please don’t do that ... please don’t do that .. if you don’t want to do that anymore that’s fine ... we don’t need to do that anymore .. but please, please, please don’t tell anyone,” Beausoleil said, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim became nervous and hung up. The victim and her mother then left the detective’s office and the victim’s mother said she was taking the girl to school.
The detective decided a second control call clarifying what Beausoleil was sorry for would help the case, so the detective went to the girl’s school. The girl’s mother was still at the school and, after the victim said she didn’t want to talk to Beausoleil again, the mother agreed to make a controlled call.
Mother confronts suspect
During the mother’s call, the detective listened as she confronted Beausoleil about the allegations. When he denied the allegations, she informed him she was with her daughter when her daughter called him. Beausoleil then became nervous, the detective reported.
“I can’t give you an answer,” Beausoleil answered when she asked why he would sexually abuse the girl.
Beausoleil claimed he, too, had been abused as a child.
“All I can do is apologize and promise it will never happen again,” Beausoleil said, according to the affidavit. “I’m begging you not to tell anyone.”
The mother told Beausoleil she knew the details of the abuse.
“We were just playing, just touching,” he responded. When questioned about specifics, Beausoleil admitted to molesting the girl, but not having sex with the girl, according to the report.
Beaulsoleil swore to the mother her 12-year-old daughter had been the only one and begged her again not to tell anyone.