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Deputies arrest Florida man meeting up with 12-year-old Girl for Sex

deputies arrest florida man meeting up with 12 year old girl for sex

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A 29-year-old Florida man was arrested while trying to meet up with a 12-year-old girl he sexually abused earlier in the week.

Brandon Donato was arrested Saturday night and charged with:

  • two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child
  • showing obscene material to a minor
  • promoting the sexual performance of a child
  • using a computer to solicit a child
  • traveling to meet after using a computer to solicit a child
  • unlawful use of a 2-way communication device to facilitate a felony

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Donato met up with the 12-year-old on two separate occasions last week for sex.

"Deputies learned about the case Friday evening, after the victim’s family found out she’d shared videos on her phone showing her having sex with an unknown male subject," the sheriff's office said in a release. "The girl told detectives the male’s name was Brandon Smith, a 17-year-old she met on the Wink mobile app and communicated with on Instagram."

Deputies were able to identify him as Brandon Donato.

"On Saturday, a detective took over the conversation with Donato and ultimately arranged another meeting in Deltona," the release states. "Multiple deputies and detectives were waiting in the area to take him into custody when he arrived."

Donato was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail with a bond of $350,000.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood encouraged parents and guardians of kids with access to mobile devices and apps to closely monitor their activity.

Authored by WEAR staff via WEAR July 18th 2023

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