Florida man touched, sent sexual messages to minor while on vacation in Pensacola

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A Florida man is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl and sending her sexually explicit Snapchat messages during a vacation in Pensacola over the summer.

Rame Baetens, 37, of New Port Richey, was arrested Monday and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct on a person under 16 years old, online solicitation of a minor, illegal use of a two-way communications device and four counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

Records indicate he was booked into the Escambia County Jail with a $160,000 bond and was released about 40 minutes later.

Rame Baetens

According to an arrest report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the girl told authorities Baetens touched her buttocks and sent her messages via Snapchat while she was vacationing with him and family in Pensacola on Aug. 6-10.

“The victim stated Baetens grabbed her butt at least once a day, every day they were in Pensacola,” the report stated. “She said it was not ‘playful touching’ and was done so intentionally.”

The messages Baetens sent the girl included statements such as “Are you a banana? Because I wanna peel ur clothes off” and Baetens describing the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the minor, the report stated.  

Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at colinwarrenhicks@pnj.com or 850-435-8680.

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