Man, already deported once, accused of repeatedly forcing himself on Polk County girl

Jesus Ramirez-Velasco faces 20 counts of sexual battery of a teen girl.

A 31-year-old man from Mexico, who had already been deported in 2008 but returned illegally, was arrested Saturday in Polk County and accused of 20 counts of sexual battery on a 16-year-old girl in Mulberry.

Jesus Ramirez-Velasco allegedly told detectives he knew what he was doing was wrong but claimed the girl had asked for sex from him, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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"A crime such as this against a child is heinous; to blame the victim for his behavior is appalling," Sheriff Grady Judd said.

The victim told investigators Ramirez-Velasco forced her to have sexual contact with him in mid-December. And, investigators say they proceeded to have sex at least 20 times in the months since. Deputies say Ramirez-Velasco had threatened to harm the girl's mother if she didn't have sex with him.

Ramirez-Velasco is charged with 20 counts of sexual battery of a custodial victim over 12.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been notified of his latest arrest and charges.

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