Florida man charged with 1,200 counts of sexual assault and incest with minor

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A Florida man has been charged with 1,200 counts of sexual assault and incest involving a minor.

Robert Cota, 31, of Pensacola, was charged with 600 counts of sexual assault on a sufferer between the ages of 12 and 18 and 600 counts of incest that allegedly passed off during the last six years.

Cota was reported to police by a neighborhood pastor, who informed deputies that Cota had approached him final Sunday saying he “had issues with one of the beliefs” outlined within the church guideline e-book. He particularly pointed to the phrase “incest,” in keeping with arresting paperwork obtained by WEAR-TV.

After additional dialog, the pastor informed Cota that he wanted to report himself to authorities. The pastor later supplied Cota’s info to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the arrest report, the sufferer informed authorities that she had sexual encounters with Cota since she was 7 years previous. The lady stated Cota informed her that the sexual acts have been learn how to present affection.

In September 2020, the sufferer’s mom confronted Cota about having a sexual relationship with the lady, in keeping with the arrest report. In response, Cota pointed a gun on the lady and was arrested for aggravated assault and home violence whereas authorities started investigating the sexual assault and incest allegations.

Both Cota and the sufferer reportedly informed the mom of the sexual relationship earlier than taking again their statements after the incident, police stated.

When deputies arrived to arrest Cota for sexual assault and incest, he reportedly informed them he was not shocked in regards to the accusations.

He was booked on the Escambia County Jail, the place his bond has been set at $3,000,000.