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Bradenton man arrested on a lewd, lascivious charges

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter


An 18-year-old man was arrested May 1 for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Brandon Lee Rivera met the victim at a friend’s house in Bradenton Beach April 13 and began to engage her in a sexual conversation.

The victim told police she did not want to have sex with Rivera. The two walked outside of the residence, at which time Rivera is alleged to have had sex with her.

The victim said she was in shock and did not know what to do, but eventually told Rivera to stop and, she said, he complied with her request.

According to the report, Rivera admitted to police that he had sex with the victim and was aware of her age.

Rivera was booked into the Manatee County jail and initially held on $10,000 bond, which was reduced to $7,500. According to the jail website, Rivera posted bond and was released May 5.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Manatee County Judicial Center at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24.

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