FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- A Palm Coast teenager was arrested Thursday morning by deputies on a charge of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12.
The 13-year-old boy, a student at Indian Trails Middle School, has been charged with allegedly inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl at their Palm Coast home on January 10, according to Lt. Robert Weber with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
In a release Sheriff James Manfre said, "This is an upsetting case of abuse."
The child told detectives that she was lying on a couch sleeping when she was awakened by the teenager who was pulling down her pants and underwear, Weber said. The girl said he then touched her private area, but that he ran away when heard an adult approaching.
Detectives say the adult found the girl in the room with her pants pulled down at her ankles.
"We have our victim advocates, working with the young girl and her parents to be sure she has access to the professional attention that she undoubtedly needs after such an experience," Manfre said.