MADEIRA BEACH – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 37-year-old Madeira Beach man for reportedly having sex with a 17-year-old female.
The victim’s parents contact the Sheriff’s Office Aug. 3 after the teen failed to return home. The 17-year-old told her parents she was going out with friends she met on the beach. Deputies located the girl at the home of Justin Gregorits.
According to the sheriff’s report, the victim alleged that Gregorits forced her to have sex with him. Gregorits reportedly admitted to detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit that he did have a “sexual encounter” with the teen. Detectives said the incident occurred sometime between 1 and 3 a.m. Aug. 3.
Gregorits was charged with sexual battery and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.
Detectives believe there may be other victims. The suspect also goes by the name of “Gene.” Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Bonasoro at 582-6200.