Broward County

Man arrested in Wilton Manors, charged with 12 counts of sexual battery on a minor

A 27-year-old man remained in Broward County Jail Sunday on $120,000 bond after he was charged with 12 counts of sexual battery on a 14-year-old girl.

Peterson Simbert was arrested Friday by Wilton Manors detectives after the teenager told police that she had 12 sexual encounters with Simbert between June 21 and Aug. 16.

According to police, Simbert was a family friend and lived the same apartment as the 14-year-old, her mother and her sister.

He moved out in August to live with his child and the child’s mother.

Police say the teenager only recently came forward with the battery allegations.

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