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Deputies: Man molests 14-year-old girl behind gas station, claims she came onto him

He brought the girl to a tree line behind a gas station, according to the arrest affidavit.
Credit: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A Port Richey man accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl on two separate occasions told Pasco County deputies she came onto him, according to an arrest affidavit.

Robert Thomas Delks, who was 28 at the time of the alleged 2017 incident, is accused of bringing the girl to a tree line behind a gas station on Embassy Boulevard. The affidavit claims he began kissing the alleged victim and taking her clothes off before molesting her.

On a second occasion, deputies claim Delks tried to get the alleged victim to go back to the same area and put his hands down her pants when she didn't.

The victim had a controlled phone call with Delks on July 18, where investigators say he told her he didn't want to talk about what happened over the phone because he didn't want to get in trouble. According to the affidavit, Delks admitted he had been attracted to the girl.

The affidavit claims he told her he no longer had an "urge" for her but "things happened" and he was "sorry about that." When she asked him if he still wanted to try things with her, authorities claim he said, "no, I know that is wrong and it shouldn't be in my head."

Investigators say during an interview the next day, Delks claimed he had no sexual relations with the victim. But, when confronted with the phone call, deputies say he admitted to having sexual feelings toward the girl. When asked who initiated the sexual acts, the affidavit says he told investigators the victim did.

Delks was arrested on two charges of sexual battery on a victim between the age of 12 and 17. 

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