MOLESTATION SUSPECT ARRESTED
- BSO Case Number: NL12-08-852
- PIO Number: 12-10-17
- Date: 10/12/12
- Place of Occurrence: 2555 NW 49 Ave, #104, Lauderdale Lakes
- Jurisdiction: Lauderdale Lakes
- State of Florida
- Name withheld, 8, female
- Jorim Athanaze, 20, 6/27/92, male, 2555 NW 49 Ave., Lauderdale Lakes
Description of Incident:
A young Lauderdale Lakes man is accused of molesting a child that his mother babysat at their home and detectives believe there may be other victims.
Jorim Athanaze, 20, is charged with lewd or lascivious molestation for an incident that occurred two years ago, when the now eight-year-old victim was six. The female victim’s mother contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Office after learning of the inappropriate contact and the girl told detectives that Athanaze assaulted her when she was left in the care of his mother. The girl described being partially undressed and molested and said it happened on more than one occasion.
During questioning by detectives Athanaze admitted knowing the victim but denied molesting her. He did, however, admit to sexually battering two other children. Charges against him in connection with those incidents are pending a review with the State Attorney’s Office.
Detectives believe there are probably other victims, possibly dating back several years. Anyone who believes that their children had inappropriate contact with Jorim Athanaze is asked to contact BSO Detective Michelle McCardle at 954-321-4261.
- THIS REPORT BY: Det. M. McCardle, SVU Jim Leljedal / PIO 10/16/12 1600