Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Tampa man charged with raping 17-year-old girl

TAMPA — A 53-year-old Tampa man charged with sexual battery involving a 17-year-old girl faced additional charges Sunday after investigators found 14 marijuana plants inside his house.

Police said Osvaldo J. Contreras-Martinez raped the girl Saturday after luring her inside his house at 4319 Green St. in Tampa.

Later that night, while Contreras-Martinez was at the Hillsborough County Jail, police executed a search warrant at his home and found the plants.

Police said Contreras-Martinez had rigged electrical cables from a TECO line to create a makeshift grow house.

In addition to one count of sexual battery, he was charged with trespassing and theft of electrical power, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture of cannabis.

Contreras-Martinez was being held without bail at the jail Sunday.

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