Gulfport Police arrested 72-year-old Prometeo Inglesias-Bernal for lewd and lascivious battery on a child. An inter-office investigation, in which the Gulfport and Pinellas Park police departments worked together, resulted in this arrest, according to Gulfport Detective Sergeant Tom Woodman, who made the arrest. The two agencies started working together in January and culminated with Detective Sergeant Woodman’s Valentine’s Day arrest of Inglesias-Bernal. The family knew Inglesias-Bernal but, Detective Sergeant Woodman says, Inglesias-Bernal “was not a family member.”
According to a press release from the Gulfport police department, “during the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Mr. Inglesias performed oral sex on the 13-year-old-boy at least once. The juvenile also fondled Mr. Inglesias’ genitals.”
This is a second degree felony, and is not a capital crime. To protect the victim and the family, the police will not release the victim’s name. Inglesias-Bernal lives at 7700 66th Street in Pinellas Park but police determined the abuse took place in Gulfport but Inglesias-Bernal faces allegations that the abuse happened in Pinellas Park as well.
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Detective Sergeant Tom Woodman says that “every case is different,” but parents should watch for changes in the child’s behavior around a certain person. This could indicate that person may be molesting the child.
“Either they’re really excited to see that person, or they get real timid or strange around that person. Sometimes both, because they don’t know what’s right or wrong,” Detective Sergeant Woodman said.
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