Panama City, Fla. - Two Panama City men were arrested for allegedly paying a juvenile for sex, according to the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
Panama City Police officers were investigating an unrelated case when they encountered a juvenile who disclosed to them she had been having a sexual relationship with two adult males. The incidents took place in the county, so the information was given to the sheriff's office, deputies wrote in a news release.
Contact was made with the victim and an interview was conducted by the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. The victim disclosed that Michael Hunt, aka Miguel Cassaderea, 53, had originally approached the victim to offer her a job at his business, Polecats, deputies wrote. They began a sexual relationship after that, deputies added.
Investigators spoke to witnesses that told them Hunt would come to the victim’s home almost daily to pick her up. The victim stated they would drive to an apartment parking lot and engage in sex and Hunt would pay her, deputies wrote. Hunt is a registered sex offender with similar charges in the past, they added.
Investigators spoke with Hunt who denied knowing the victim. Hunt was arrested on September 12 and charged with unlawful sexual activities with certain minors.
Also during the interview conducted by GCCAC, the same victim gave information concerning a barber at a barbershop in the Panama City Mall named Jervonte Johns, 24, of Panama City. The victim stated Johns gave her a pill which made her feel intoxicated. He then drove her in his car to an isolated area possibly on Highway 20 and forced her to engage in a sexual act, deputies wrote. He also paid her, they added.
Another BCSO Criminal investigator aware of these cases realized that Johns was a suspect he had been trying to locate and identify, deputies wrote. In this investigation the victim, also a juvenile, has stated she had engaged in sexual relations with a man she knew only as Jervonte that lived in an apartment complex on Harrison Avenue, and worked as a barber, deputies wrote.
Johns was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful acts with certain minors and lewd and lascivious molestation.
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