FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES AGAINST 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WAS MISSING FOR DAYS
May 27, 2021
NY Daily News
A Florida man has been charged with multiple sex crimes after police learned he went to an 11-year-old’s home, picked her up and traveled with the child for several days.
The investigation began in March following the victim’s disappearance and mysterious return to her Bay County home, authorities said in a news release Tuesday. The girl was reported missing on March 20, seven days after she was last seen, and she returned home on March 21, according to police.
A search of the child’s cellphone later showed her communicating with a 30-year-old man, identified as Cory Hutchinson, during the days that she was missing, police said. Their connection was not immediately disclosed to protect the victim’s privacy, but the case apparently involves some sort of custody dispute.
Police said Hutchinson traveled from Tampa to the child’s home in the Panhandle, picked her up, took her to his Tampa apartment and then traveled with her to several cities within Florida, including Orlando. The suspect is accused of molesting her multiple times during the trip.
Hutchinson, who was arrested this week, now faces charges in both Tampa and Bay County.
In Tampa, he’s charged with three counts of sexual battery of a child, three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child and one count of traveling to meet a minor to solicit illegal acts. Bay County authorities arrested him on charges of interference with child custody, transmission of harmful material to a minor and use of device to solicit sex with a minor.
Police did not release any further details about the alleged abuse.
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