Ocala man arrested for raping child under age of 12

Robert Santiago, 38, Marion County Jail booking photo
Robert Santiago, 38, Marion County Jail booking photo(MCSO)
Published: Mar. 27, 2023 at 12:20 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man on capital sex battery charges for raping a child under the age of 12 multiple times.

According to the arrest report, detectives began investigating Robert Santiago, 38, on March 1, after a Child Protective Services investigation was launched.

Detectives spoke with the female victim who said the first incident occurred when she was in second grade. She said Santiago showed her a pornographic video and instructed her to perform oral sex on him. During other incidents, he raped her vaginally.

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On March 22, deputies attempted to arrest him at his home, but he had moved. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody on March 25.

Santiago was booked in the Marion County Jail on sexual assault charges with a bond set at $110,000.

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