Sat. Jun 10th, 2023

APOPKA, Florida. A Florida man is accused of child sexual abuse after officials said he paid more than $ 800 for Uber to get a teenage girl from Texas to Apopka.

Police said 25-year-old Richard Brown raped a 17-year-old girl at his parents’ house for several days. The two met via Instagram after he told the victim that he was a 19-year-old Instagram celebrity and that he would “take care of her.” The victim told Apopka police that Brown paid for Uber to get her out of San Antonio. Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From Louisiana, she took another Uber, which dropped her off at Apopka on Sunday.

Later, Brown will show police receipts showing the cost of the second leg of the trip was over $ 800.

According to the arrest documents, Brown told police that he was “only a friend” to the victim and thought she had come of age and “needed housing.”

One neighbor could not believe the accusations.

“You may never know about it, and now the cops are here,” said Amanda Trail. “It’s crazy for parents.”

The victim said that once she realized that Brown was under 19 or that she was “not known on Instagram,” she wanted to go home. Brown then allegedly told her, “No, you owe me now for bringing you here.”

She later told officials that she fled Wednesday when Brown fell asleep and when she was on Snapchat with her mother. Police found her near Ustler and Vekiva Nature Reserve, but said they could not identify which house the victim belonged to or what his name was on social media.

Brown’s attorney disagreed with the story, citing “several inconsistencies.”

Brown faces six criminal cases of child sexual abuse