ST. PETERSBURG — A 19-year-old man was charged Tuesday with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old boy in the weeks before Christmas, according to St. Petersburg police. Mark Anthony Thompson faces a charge of sexual battery of a child less than the age of 12, police said.
According to St. Petersburg police, the victim was spending afternoons with a relative while his mother worked. Thompson was staying with that relative. The victim was not identified by police because of the nature of the allegations.
Thompson began to sexually batter the child starting on Nov. 25, according to police. The abuse continued through December, police said. Then the child's mother, suspecting something was wrong, began to ask questions.
She questioned the child Dec. 20 at the relative's house. As the child told his mother that Thompson had shared marijuana with him, according to police, the 19-year-old went into his bedroom, locked the door, changed his clothes and escaped out a window.
The child also told his mother about the alleged assault, police said. She took the boy to a local hospital to be examined and called the police. Days later, the mother got a tip that Thompson was at the Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S. Officers arrested him Tuesday as he sat in his car in the parking lot.
Thompson was being held Wednesday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge. A judge ordered him to have no contact with the boy.