ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – A man was charged with two lewd and lascivious batteries in a victim under the age of 16.
Detectives said their investigation began at 1:46 a.m. on Saturday after MPs responded on 5498 45th Avenue North in St. Pete. They received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of the street.
Detectives said as they approached the car, they saw a man climb from the back seat into the driver’s seat.
MPs identified the driver as Sanchesz Maultsby Jr. They also found a 13-year-old girl in the back seat.
During an investigation, Maultsby said he believed the victim was 15 or 16 years old and told her he was 18 or 19 years old.
The victim said she told Maultsby she was 13 years old.
Maultsby later admitted to having just committed consensual sexual act with the victim in his vehicle, and another time on Aug. 23.
Detectives said Maultsby knew the victim was under the age of 15 or 16 as he originally claimed.
He was arrested and charged with two indecent and lascivious batteries against a victim under the age of 16.
Maultsby was taken to Pinellas County Prison without incident.
This is an ongoing investigation.