DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A 23-year-old man has been arrested and given a $1 million bond after he allegedly sexually battered a 13-year-old girl.
According to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, a report was received March 31 that a man allegedly had sex with the girl. The victim told investigators the suspect, Antonio Domingo Mendez, went to her home after adults had left and had nonconsensual sex with her. She also told investigators that Mendez was a family acquaintance.
Following the incident, Mendez told the victim not to tell her parents or relatives. In addition, he bought a cellphone for the victim and continued to call and text her.
“We urge parents to closely monitor a child’s behavior such as having a cellphone that you may not have purchased,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said. “The slightest change in their behavior could indicate something is wrong.”
Mendez was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor between 12 and 16 years old.