Man put dog leash on girl, raped her multiple times, deputies say

Travis Burton arrested on several charges in Polk County

Travis Burton.
Travis Burton.

DAVENPORT, Fla. – A Polk County man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of tying up a teenage girl with rope and raping her before leaving her bound inside a truck, deputies said.

Travis Burton, 30, of Haines City, was arrested on charges of sexual battery on a minor over the age of 12, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated child abuse and soliciting for prostitution.

According to an arrest affidavit, Burton punched the girl in the face after she arrived at a home in the Davenport area, where Burton was waiting. He then bound her with tape, cut off her underwear and raped her four times, deputies said.

The girl said Burton put a knife to her throat and attached a dog leash to her neck, according to the affidavit.

Burton put the girl in a truck, but got stuck in an orange grove, deputies said. He then sexually battered her again, authorities said.

Deputies said they found the girl in the truck, but Burton ran off.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Burton told deputies that he met the girl online and offered her $300 for sex. He said they had a disagreement over the money and it "got a little rough," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Burton's criminal history includes the following charges: burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vehicle theft, resisting, fleeing to elude, giving false ID to law enforcement, cannabis and meth possessions, violating probation, battery on law enforcement, larceny, aggravated stalking, battery on a person 65 or older, grand theft and possession of a weapon by a felon.                                                 

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