Vero Beach man charged with having sex with 13-year-old girl

Man arrested in Vero Beach for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Man arrested in Vero Beach for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Photo by Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

VERO BEACH – A 21-year-old man was charged last week with having sex twice with a 13-year-old girl in Vero Beach, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives say the child’s mother discovered a video of one of the encounters on her daughter’s iPod.

Jonathon Miguel Valenzuela, 21, of Vero Beach, was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child between 12 and 16, according to his arrest affidavit.

The girl told Indian River County investigators Valenzuela said that he was 17 when they became friends on Snapchat.

“Valenzuela would frequently comment about how pretty she was and always made statements about her coming to hang out with him,” the girl said, according to the report.

“She thought this was weird because Valenzuela was older than her.”

The teenager told investigators that she was was raped by Valenzuela. It happened when she was walking her dog in front of his house in November when he had her tie her dog up outside, carried her into his bedroom and raped her.

Valenzuela recorded part of the sexual encounter on Snapchat, according to the affidavit.

The girl told detectives he had sex with her again in early December.

Valenzuela told a detective that he did have sex with the girl and that “he deserved to die in jail for what he had done,” the affidavit said.

As of Sunday, Valenzuela remained in the Indian River County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.