BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Derrick Leon Hunter, 19, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a person under 16 and one count of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit; he reportedly told police that he believed the girl was 20 years old.
On July 18, the 12-year-old victim was reportedly caught sneaking into her house by her mother. During questioning by her mother, she reported engaging in sex with a 19-year-old man. The mother went through her daughter’s Instagram messages and found information about her relationship with Hunter, who works at a Circle K.
The girl reportedly told law enforcement that she drove her mother’s car to the Circle K, where she and Hunter had sex in the car and that she and Hunter had taken a walk to a park on another occasion and had sex. She also reportedly said that when they were at the park, Hunter had a pistol in his waistband, and she took it and waved it around to play with the light on the gun. She said the gun had a round in the chamber.
Surveillance video from the Circle K reportedly showed the girl arriving at the store around 2:30 a.m. on July 16 and walking outside with Hunter. After about half an hour, the video reportedly showed Hunter getting out of the car, looking disheveled, and going back into the store.
While Gainesville Police Department officers were detaining Hunter at his job, he reportedly told them he had a gun in his pocket. Post Miranda, he reportedly admitted to having sex with the girl but said she had told him she was 20. He reportedly said that she had driven a car to the store and had arrived with three young men who all confirmed her age. He also admitted that he carried a concealed weapon, saying he was too young to purchase a firearm, so he had a friend buy the gun for him.
Hunter has no criminal history and is being held on $100,000 bail on each count, for a total of $300,000.
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