A Lehigh Acres man was arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault after deputies say he repeatedly raped a teen living in his home.
Elias Puente, 34, of Eddie Avenue, was arrested on four felony charges of sexual assault. He was released on $175,000 bond.
According to deputy James Richard, the 17-year-old victim first told her mother then deputies that she was raped at least 15 times by Puente between February 2007 and May 2008.
“The victim was told by Puente, ‘It is better to say yes than to have it taken from you,’ referring to sexual intercourse,” Richard reported. “The victim felt forced to comply and did what she was told.”
The abuse occurred at various locations throughout the county, according to Richard’s report.
The girl’s mother said she wanted to report the incident not only for her daughter, but because there are several other children who are reportedly currently living with Puente.