Deputies: Teen sexually abused 5-year-old girl

PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County detectives arrested a 13-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student Thursday morning on a charge of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12.

The teen is accused of inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl in their Palm Coast home in the late evening hours on Jan. 10.

The victim told detectives that around 9 p.m., she was lying on a couch sleeping when she was awakened by the teenager, who was pulling down her pants and underwear. The girl said the teen then touched her private area, but ran back to his bed when an adult approached the two.

The adult told deputies he found the girl in her room with her pants down around her feet.

"This is an upsetting case of abuse. We have our victim advocates working with the young girl and her parents to be sure she has access to the professional attention that she undoubtedly needs after such an experience," said Flagler County Sheriff James Manfre.