TAMPA — Deputies have accused a Clair-Mel man of raping a 14-year-old relative and impregnating her.
Moses Alfred Carter, 36, faces charges of sexual battery and impregnating a minor and is in jail in lieu of a $252,000 bond.
He raped the girl about a year ago and as a result, the girl became pregnant, an arrest affidavit states. The child was born, and DNA tests indicated that Carter is the father, according to the affidavit.
Records show that Carter has been convicted of cocaine possession, passing worthless checks and habitually driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license.
A man who identified himself as Carter's father declined to speak and referred a reporter to Carter's private attorney but would not provide his or her name.
Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.