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Cops: Man forced girl, 13, to have sex

John Loftis, 30, charged with lewd, lascivious assault

DELTONA, Fla. – Volusia County deputies have arrested a 30-year-old man they say forced a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him.

Deputies said John Loftis, of Deltona, forced a family friend to have sex with him two times back in December. The girl told her mother two weeks ago about the incidents.

According to deputies, one one assault occurred in Loftis' car after he had picked up the girl to take her back to his house. Along the way, Loftis pulled into a wooded area in DeBary and attacked the girl. The victim said she was screaming during the assault and even bit one of Loftis' fingers when he covered her mouth to muffle her cries.

The other assault took place at Loftis' house. During an interview, the victim said she had considered Loftis a trusted friend, but that he had betrayed her trust by having sex with her.

During the two-week investigation, deputies said Loftis offered to take the girl for a pregnancy test. He also offered to give her money if she needed it and told her that if it turned out that she was pregnant, she should lie to her mother and tell her she was having sex with another boy and the condom broke.

Loftis with two counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a child. He turned himself in on Friday and was taken to Volusia County jail on $10,000 bond.