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Punta Gorda Man arrested on six counts of Sexual Battery on minor

The victim was abused for several years
Punta Gorda Man arrest
Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 13:33:28-04

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — A Punta Gorda man was arrested on six counts of Sexual Battery on a minor.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated a case reported on July 27th accusing Joseph Maxwell Griffin 36, of sexually assaulting a victim for several years in his home located on Chimes Avenue in Port Charlotte.

Detectives investigated the allegation and interviewed Griffin while he was working at the Applebees located on Sandhill Blvd.

After speaking with Griffin, he was placed under arrest on the following charges:

  • SEXUAL BAT BY 18Y OLDR VIC 12Y UND 18Y NO PHY FORC VIOL
  • SEXUAL BAT BY 18Y OLDR VIC 12Y UND 18Y NO PHY FORC VIOL
  • SEXUAL BAT BY 18Y OLDR VIC 12Y UND 18Y NO PHY FORC VIOL
  • SEXUAL BAT BY 18Y OLDR VIC 12Y UND 18Y NO PHY FORC VIOL
  • SEXUAL BAT BY 18Y OLDR VIC 12Y UND 18Y NO PHY FORC VIOL
  • SEXUAL BAT BY 18Y OLDR VIC 12Y UND 18Y NO PHY FORC VIOL

If you believe you have information about a child being abused or neglected, it is important to report the information immediately. You can do this anonymously online or over the phone through the Department of Children and Families or calling the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013.

You can also contact C.A.R.E. at 941-627-6000. An advocate is available to speak to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.