CLEARWATER — Police have arrested a fourth man in connection with the recent rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Ernesto Panzo-Temoxtle, 24, of 505 Fairwood Ave. in Clearwater faces the charge of lewd and lascivious battery.
Jorge Temoxtle-Calihua, 23, also was arrested for obstruction for providing a false name to police.
According to authorities, Panzo-Temoxtle engaged in sexual activity with the juvenile victim, who police describe as a runaway. He was arrested without incident at his home Thursday afternoon.
The investigation began when police located the girl, who is not being identified because of the nature of the crime, at an apartment complex in Clearwater on Monday, Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.
The girl was found in the company of several men, and had engaged in "consensual" sex acts, according to authorities. Under Florida law, a girl that young cannot legally consent to have sexual relations.
Watts said the victim exchanged sex for money.
Detectives are still trying to determine if other individuals were involved.