Gainesville man accused of giving alcohol, raping child

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- 38-year-old Bobby Joe Hyatt III was arrested Friday after Gainesville police said an underaged person called 911 to report Hyatt had sexually battered them.

According to his arrest report, the victim told detectives they had been with Hyatt and drinking.

The victim said Hyatt started to feel their stomach and other areas before performing oral sex. The report said the victim refused and tried to say “no” multiple times.

The victim passed out and Hyatt eventually went to sleep, detectives said. That’s when the victim called 911 to report what happened.

After being taken into custody, Hyatt admitted to giving the victim several mixed drinks but said he did not perform oral sex on the victim.

Hyatt was booked into the Alachua County Jail on charges of sexual battery on a victim under 18-years-old and lewd or lascivious molestation.