MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida man is facing serious charges after being accused of dragging an unconscious woman to his car and raping her.
Authorities said Jason Minton, 43, had lured the victim to a restaurant with a promise of a higher-paying job opportunity.READ MORE: 2 Hialeah Police Officers Arrested, Charged With Official Misconduct, Falsifying Public Records
Minton appeared in court Saturday and is facing sexual battery and kidnapping charges.
News outlets say the woman told police in Ormond Beach that she met Minton while at work earlier this month. She said Minton overheard her saying she was looking for a higher-paying job, and told her the tree company where he worked was looking to hire someone. Minton contacted her to set up a lunch interview at a restaurant.READ MORE: Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie Arrested, Charged With Perjury
Ormond Beach police released a surveillance video they say shows Minton dragging the woman unconscious through the restaurant’s parking lot to his truck. Police said he took her to an unknown location and raped her, then drove her back to the restaurant and put her in her car.
The woman only remembers waking up at her mother’s house later that day, authorities said.
Minton’s lawyer, Aaron Delgado, told WFTV his client is a registered sex offender, and has been accused of rape before, but maintained he is innocent.MORE NEWS: Former Sen. Bill Nelson Testifies At Senate Confirmation Hearing For NASA’s Top Job
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