Crime

An 18-year-old forced his 5-year-old cousin to perform oral sex on him, police say

Dimitri Daniels
Dimitri Daniels Broward Sheriff's Office

A Pembroke Pines woman walked into her den Sunday to find her 5-year-old niece having oral sex with her 18-year-old cousin, according to police.

The girl told her aunt that Dimitri Daniels “put his private in my mouth.”

Daniels is charged with sexual assault by an adult on a victim under 12 and lewd and lascivious behavior by an adult on a victim under 12. According to his arrest report, he told police that wasn’t the first time this happened.

He’s being held without bond at Broward Main Jail.

Pines cops are concerned there could be more victims. Daniels, police say, was a volunteer with a children’s youth group at Mt. Pisgah Seventh-day Adventist Church in Miami Gardens, 3340 NW 215th St. The church’s lead pastor, Alex Royes, says Daniels belongs to the church, but was never in a leadership position or supervisory position with children at the church.

Sunday wasn’t the first time Daniels raped his cousin; the arrest report said there were more than four occasions in which these alleged acts occurred at his Pembroke Pines home.

In the most recent incident, police say Daniels summoned the girl into the den of his home in the 600 block of Southwest 66th Terrace.

“The defendant exposed his erect penis and instructed [the victim] to perform fellatio on him,” an officer wrote.

Family members then questioned Daniels, and he admitted to the acts, police said.

On Monday, family members brought Daniels to the Pembroke Pines police station. After being read his rights, Daniels admitted to the behavior, police said.

“I highly respect the family for encouraging the suspect to admit to his crime and physically bringing him to the police department to confess,” said Amanda Conwell, a Pembroke Pines police spokesperson.

Police want parents whose children might have had contact with Daniels to talk to their children. Anyone with information or who knows of other victims can call Pembroke Pines Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at 954-431-2225.

A sexual assault evidence kit contains forensic evidence gathered from a victim's body during an intrusive, hours-long examination. Testing kits can find DNA evidence used to identify rapists, boost prosecutions or exonerate the falsely accused.

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