SEXUAL BATTERY ON A CHILD Suspect Arrested
- BSO Case Number: LL02-12-00681
- PIO Number: 02-12-23
- Date: December 8, 2002
- Time: 0830
- Place of Occurrence: 4300 block of North State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes
- 12-year-old girl
- Kareem Gatewood, 30, 3/15/72, male, 4300 NW 36 Street Lauderdale Lakes
Description of Incident:
A Lauderdale Lakes man is in jail without bond after committing indecent sex acts against a 12-year-old girl.
While driving the young girl home from a relative’s house, the suspect, Kareem Gatewood, pulled into an empty parking lot in the 4300 block of North State 7 in Lauderdale Lakes on Sunday, December 8th at approximately 8:30 a.m. and sexually battered his victim. During the awful acts, the victim said she was scared and begged Gatewood to take her home. Gatewood refused and even threatened to kill her if she revealed to anyone what happened.
After attending church that day with her family, the youngster confided details of her terrible ordeal to her aunt, who told the victim’s mother. The family contacted the Broward Sheriff's Office and Sex Crimes detectives brought Gatewood in for questioning.
At first Gatewood denied the acts, but later admitted to performing oral sex on the child and masturbating in her presence.
Gatewood was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the BSO Main Jail on two counts of sexual battery on a child, two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, and one count of false imprisonment on a child under 13-years-old.
Anyone who feels their child may have been sexually abused by Gatewood, who has several aliases, should contact the BSO Sex Crimes unit at (954) 321-4240.
- INVESTIGATORS: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO
- THIS REPORT BY: Sex Crimes Det. J. Reid, CI
- Photo of Suspect - Kareem Gatewood
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