WEST PALM BEACH, FL (The Ledger) – A 28-year-old man is facing charges after authorities say he raped and impregnated a 12-year-old late last year.
On Friday, West Palm Beach police arrested Jorge Estuardo Cobon-Juarez on charges of sexual assault on a minor and child cruelty. He is being held in the Palm Beach County jail without the possibility of posting bond.
Cobon-Juarez denied ever inappropriately touching the child. DNA tests, however, indicate he almost certainly is the biological father of the child’s baby.
The age of consent in Florida is 18 years old, according to Florida Statutes. People between the ages of 16 and 17 can give consent to a partner up to the age of 23. Anyone 24 years old or older commits a felony if he or she engages in sexual activity with someone under the age of 18.
Records indicate Cobon-Juarez claimed to have cared for the 12-year-old, though his relationship with her is redacted from an arrest report.
Cobon-Juarez, a Guatemala native and citizen, has been living in West Palm Beach, records show.