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SEXUAL BATTERY AGAINST JUVENILE

BSO Case Number: BS02-12-11233
PIO Number: 03-1-45
Date: Between July and September 2002
Place of Occurrence: Several locations

Victim(s):

  • Fifteen-year old female

Suspect(s):

  • Bancroft Darling, 61, 9/29/42, 3100 NW 46th St., Bldg. 1, Apt. 203, Oakland Park, FL

Description of Incident:

A 61-year old Oakland Park man is in the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail, charged with having an on-going sexual relationship with a 15-year old girl.

According to investigators, the victim kept a diary in which she wrote that she had been forced to have sex with a grown man several times between July 2002 and late September of the same year. On December 26, 2002, the victim’s mother discovered the diary and contacted the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The victim says in June 2002, Bancroft Darling approached her and her sister and gave them a business card, indicating that he could help the girls break into the music industry. On two separate occasions in early July, Darling reportedly tried to ply sex from 15-year old in exchange for money or valuables. On July 14th, Darling told the girl’s parents he was going to take the teen to a recording studio. On that day, according to the victim, Darling took her to Homestead Studios, 3873 W. Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac where the two engaged in sexual activities.

The girl told detectives that Darling forced her to have sex with him on at least five occasions at several locations and that the last time they had had sex was on September 28, 2002. She said that she did not tell anyone about Darling because she was afraid.

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Bancroft Darling without incident on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at his place of employment, at 1701 W. Oakland Park Boulevard in Oakland Park. He is being held on $15,000.00 bond facing three counts of having sex with a minor.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. E. McCardle, CI/Sex Crimes, D-7, D-12
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 1/29/03 2:30 p.m.

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