Man forced sex on 14-year-old Vero Beach girl dozens of times, report saysMarch 2nd, 2010 by TCPalm.com
VERO BEACH — A 32-year-old man faces four felony sexual battery charges after a 14-year-old girl told investigators he had sex with her dozens of times, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday.
Arrested Sunday, Dennis Ray Mitchell, of the 2800 block of First Street Southwest, called 911 and said he needed to turn himself in. Asked why, he said, “child molesting, I guess,” an affidavit states.
The girl told Indian River County sheriff’s investigators he began touching her inappropriately in August 2008 when she was 12. The incidents escalated to the point that after the summer of 2009, he had sex with her “at least twice a week until February 2010,” the affidavit states.
The girl said she told no one because Mitchell threatened to kill her family if she did so.