MARATHON (CBSMiami) – A taxi driver in Marathon was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 12-year old girl.
The girl told Monroe County Sheriff Detective on March 19th she snuck out of her mother’s home and went to a nearby Walgreen’s where she called for a cab. Taxi driver Angel Lopez, 41, was dispatched to the call. After his shift, he took her back to his apartment where they had sex, according to the sheriff’s office.
The girl reportedly told investigators she and Lopez had sex multiple times over the next few days. According to the girl, she told him she was 12 years old and he said he could get into trouble for having sex with her because of her age.
On March 23rd, she reportedly ran away from home and went to his residence. The girl told investigators when she explained to him that she’d run away and he let her stay at his apartment.
The sheriff’s office became involved in the case after the girl’s mother reported her missing. When detectives spoke with friends of the girl, they said the girl had told them she was having sex with an older man named “Angel” and gave them the name of the street he lived on.
When Lopez was interviewed by a sheriff’s detective, he allegedly admitted to having sexual relations with the girl.
Lopez was arrested and charged with nine counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of sheltering a minor without notifying a parent.