LCSO deputies make quick arrest in Fort Myers Beach sexual battery case
August 1, 2018
On July 31, 2018, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 1001 Estero Blvd, Plaka Restaurant, in reference to a sexual battery of a 14-year-old female.
Upon arrival, deputies received information that included the description of the suspect. The suspect, later identified as Joel Rodriguez (DOB 09-01-1998), was located quickly by deputies.
Due to the nature of the incident, detectives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit responded and assumed the investigation.
During the investigation, it was determined that Rodriguez and the victim had only met moments before the crime. After their initial encounter, it was reported that Rodriguez pulled the victim into the men’s restroom and sexually battered her.
Rodriguez was subsequently arrested and charged with Sexual Battery and Lewd or Lascivious Molestation (Victim Younger than 16 YOA by Offender over 18 YOA).
“There will be zero tolerance for crimes against our county’s most vulnerable, our children and seniors,” stated Undersheriff Carmine Marceno. “The suspect was located quickly and taken into custody, where he belongs.”