Florida Man Accused Of Drugging, Assaulting 12-Year-Old Girl Who Asked Him For Cigarette

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Source: Unsplash; Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Feb. 28 2023, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly drugged and assaulted a 12-year-old girl after she asked him for a cigarette, according to authorities.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said the girl reported to officers that she was assaulted multiple times on Feb. 25 in a hotel room in Destin.

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The girl said she asked the man for a cigarette, but then he gave her what she believed to be crystal methamphetamine before assaulting her, the sheriff's office said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, but her condition has not been released.

Deputies were able to track down the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Jack Colton, and took him into custody around 2:00 a.m. on Feb. 26, officials said.

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No details were shared on where the victim encountered the suspect, but Colton told investigators he believed the victim was 23 years old, according to authorities.

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The sheriff's office said detectives found “potential evidence” in the motel room and they seized Colton’s truck.

Colton was charged with sexual assault with a victim between the ages of 12 and 18 and no bond has been set.


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