Sex Offender Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison

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Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

Sex Offender Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced the Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the sentencing of a registered Orange County sex offender charged on multiple counts of sexual battery. Fred Lucius, 36, pled guilty to sexual battery with force or threat of force, two counts of lewd and lascivious battery, and traveling to solicit a minor for sex. The Honorable Judge Jenifer Harris issued Lucius a 32-year prison sentence in the Florida Department of Corrections, with 10 years of sexual offender probation.

In May 2015, the victim—age 15 at the time of the incident—was contacted by Lucius online. The defendant enticed the victim to meet in person, and on two occasions, had sexual intercourse with the underaged victim. The defendant also demanded nude and partially nude photos of the victim and other juveniles over the course of the communication.

While investigating the case of a missing Polk County juvenile, authorities came across the Orange County case. The juvenile ran away with a different male, but review of the juvenile’s devices revealed communication with Lucius. Authorities spoke with Lucius after law enforcement identified the defendant already on sex offender probation, stemming from a 2009 conviction on lewd and lascivious battery charges with a minor.

On June 3, 2015, law enforcement took Lucius into custody for a violation of probation on the previous lewd and lascivious conviction for using the internet. The next day, Polk County issued a warrant for extortion. While reviewing the defendant’s devices, law enforcement found communication with the victim in OSP’s Orange County case.

OSP Assistant Statewide Prosecutors Matthew Davenport and Rebecca Hameroff litigated the case.