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Punta Gorda man accused of targeting young girls

Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 07:11:19-04

A Punta Gorda man is accused of having inappropriate interactions with two young girls, the Charlotte county Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies say two mothers reported that 37-year-old Mario Botello of Orange Blossom Drive in Punta Gorda committed inappropriate behavior with their daughters.

One of the girls told deputies that Botello pulled her inside of a bedroom and forced her to watch an adult movie on his cell phone.

Another girl told deputies that Botello insisted on giving her a foot massage while she was walking down the street.

Upon the investigation Deputies discovered adult content on Botello's cell phone.

He was arrested and faces False Imprisonment of a Child Under 13 charges, Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor charges and Battery charges.