A 17-year-old teen from Boynton Beach was charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy after he allegedly admitted it to the boy’s mother, according to police.
The teen faces charges of sexual battery of a child and lewd and lascivious molestation.
Police apparently began investigating July 18 when they met a Delray Beach woman and her 10-year-old son at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. The woman said she confronted the teen about rumors that he had molested a child in Delray Beach. The report indicates that the teen admitted that he had touched her son.
Investigators with the Child Protection Team allegedly found signs of sexual abuse on the boy.
According to police, the boy said the teen raped him in a closet.
The teen was booked into Palm Beach County Jail and held without bond.
If your child has been accused of rape or another sex crime in Palm Beach County, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Due to the potential consequences that could come with a juvenile sex crime conviction, and the fact that police and prosecutors are already building a case, it is imperative to exercise your right to legal representation.
What you may not know is that a juvenile can be arrested for the same types of sex crimes as adults. This includes rape, sexual assault, child molestation and related charges. Our South Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will examine all of the evidence of the alleged sex crime, including witness statements, police reports, DNA evidence and other physical evidence. We will conduct our own investigation into the charges and determine how best to proceed.
For most offenses, a youth under the age of 18 will be tried in juvenile court. However, for certain sexual offenses, a hearing may be held to decide whether the youth will be tried as an adult. We will make every effort to keep your child’s case in juvenile court and fight to achieve the best possible outcome.
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