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Charlotte County man sentenced to life in prison for crimes against a child

Posted at 2:36 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 14:36:15-05

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A Charlotte County man was sentenced to life in prison for two counts of Sexual Battery by a Person in a Familial or Custodial Authority.

James Pepper, 47, was also designated as a Dangerous Sexual Felony Offender.

In 2017 a young victim told a family member what happened. They reported the crime to the Charlotte County Sheriffs Office.

Pepper saw the family's vehicle at the Sheriff's Office.

Pepper cut off his GPS monitor and ran.

A K-9 unit from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office apprehended him.

Pepper had been on probation for a Grand Theft case and due to