Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
- Crimes Against Children Unit
Sanchesz Deon Maultsby Jr.(suspect arrested)
Address: 5720 18th Way South in St. Petersburg
Charges: Two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Under 16
The female victim is a 13 year old juvenile. Per Florida Statute 119.071, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a St. Petersburg man for two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery, after he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13 year old victim.
The crimes occurred August 23, 2020 and October 3, 2020.
The crime occurred in the suspect’s vehicle in Pinellas County.
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.
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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