Man acquitted in Ormond Beach rape released from jail on separate charge, records show

Jason Minton posts $15,000 bond, placed under electronic monitoring

Jason Minton was arrested again on Thursday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man who was acquitted of dragging an unconscious woman to his car and raping her has been released from jail after facing a charge in a separate case, records show.

Jason Minton, 46, was arrested earlier this month after failing to properly register as a sex offender from a previous case, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Minton was acquitted by a jury last month of the sexual battery and kidnapping charges in the alleged 2020 attack.

Minton, who was already a registered sex offender, was accused of setting up a fake job interview in February 2020 and dragging an unconscious woman to his truck outside an Ormond Beach restaurant before he kidnapped and sexually battered her, deputies said. After that arrest, deputies said more than six women had come forward reporting similar incidents with Minton.

Weeks before he was acquitted in the Ormond Beach allegations, deputies arrested Minton after he failed to register as a sex offender. Deputies said detectives found he used two email addresses and a phone number that he never reported to the sheriff’s office, which he was required to do due to his status as a sex offender.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Minton had been previously convicted for charges related to failure to register as a sex offender and sexual battery of a victim under the age of 16.

Under the terms of his release, Minton had to post a $15,000 bond and is under electronic monitoring.

He still faces charges in a case involving another woman he’s accused of battering in 2020.

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