Man, 23, Facing Statutory Rape Charge After Admitting Sex With Girl, 15

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Roberto Bautista
Roberto Bautista

A 23-year-old man was charged with statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a child after police said he admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The alleged victim's mother called the police when her daughter returned home after running away. The mother was calling because she had previously reported her daughter missing. In the statement the mother gave the police, she said her daughter told her she had been staying at the home of her boyfriend, Roberto Bautista.

The mother also said her daughter told her they had been seeing each other for a while.

Police on the scene contacted Investigator Jason Holmes and all parties involved were taken to the Chattanooga Police Department to be interviewed.

According to police, Bautista said he had had sex with the girl even though he knew she was only 15 and he was 23. He said the day before the police had been contacted, he had picked the girl up from her home and taken her to his apartment on Bennett Avenue.

After his admission, he was taken into custody.

Bautista is scheduled to appear in court before Judge Clarence Shattuck on March 11.


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