LARGO – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Largo man Aug. 14 for lewd and lascivious battery on a 14-year-old female after he engaged her in sexual activity multiple times over a period of nearly a year.
The crime occurred at a private residence in unincorporated Largo from about Feb. 23, 2012 to Jan. 26.
According to detectives, the victim disclosed to an adult that the suspect had engaged her in sexual activity. The adult in turn reported it to the Sheriff’s Office on June 5, and the crimes against children unit began its investigation.
The suspect and the victim became acquainted through social media, specifically Facebook. Through their investigation, detectives determined that Arnulfo Elias, 21, engaged the victim in sexual activity 20 to 30 times.
Elias was interviewed at the Sheriff’s Administration Building on the evening of Aug. 14. He reportedly admitted to the crime. Elias was transported to the Pinellas County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000. He is also being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.