Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a St.Petersburg man for two-counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Under 16-years-old.

St. Petersburg Man Arrested For Lewd And Lascivious Battery On A Child

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a St.Petersburg man for two-counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Under 16-years-old.

According to detectives, their investigation began at 1:46 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020, after deputies responded to 5498 45th Avenue North in St.Petersburg, after receiving a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of the street.

Detectives say when deputies approached the car they observed a male climb from the rear seat into the driver’s seat. Deputies identified 20-year-old Sanchesz Maultsby Jr. as the driver and a 13-year-old female in the rear seat.

Sanchesz Maultsby Jr

During the course of the investigation, Maultsby admitted to having just committed a consensual sexual act with the female in his vehicle and once prior on August 23, 2020.

Maultsby told detectives he believed the victim was 15 or 16-years-old and had told her he was 18 or 19-years-old.

According to detectives, the victim said she had met Maultsby about 5 weeks ago and he claimed to be 16-years-old. The victim said she told Maultsby she was 13-years-old.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to determine Maultsby had knowledge the victim was younger than 15 or 16-years-old as he claimed.

Detectives arrested Maultsby for two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a victim under age 16.

Maultsby was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

The investigation continues.

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