Charlotte County middle school student arrested on sexual assault charge
(BTLS Staff) PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A Port Charlotte middle school student was arrested Thursday on three counts of sexual battery .
The alleged victim in the case was eight.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report earlier this month the mother of the child said her daughter became upset when she mentioned the suspect would be in her sports class. The girl became upset and began to cry.
The report states she told her mother that Joseph Jon Balunas, 15, had touched her in a way she didn’t like. Detectives with CCSO’s Major Crimes Unit set up an interview between the victim – who is now 10 – and a child forensic specialist.
The girl described three separate incidents where Balunas forced her to have sexual relations with him. During one incident the teen tied her hands with string and put tape on her mouth. Investigators say the victim gave graphic details of the encounters.
As a result of their investigation Balunas was charged and taken into custody and booked into the Charlotte County Jail. He was eventually turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The investigation continues.