MELBOURNE – Joseph Norman Brown, 24, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Lewd Lascivious Battery Victim 12-16 Years of Age, False Imprisonment, Aggravated Stalking, and Battery, reports show.
The male victim, who was between the age of 12-16, allegedly met Brown on Grindr, a social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, while he was visiting his grandmother in Melbourne, Florida.
They first met at the pool area in his grandmother’s subdivision. The two had sexual intercourse at least 10 times at Bown’s apartment, in the 3000 block of Village Way.
On July 14, 2018, Brown drove from Melbourne, Fl to Oceana, West Virginia picked up the victim and drove him to a hotel in a neighboring county where they engaged in oral sex and sexual intercourse.
After being arrested in WV, Brown confessed what occurred in WV and the sexual relationship that began in Melbourne, Fl in June.
Brown is incarcerated in West Virginia. He further has an outstanding Violation of Probation Warrant as of 8/10/2018 from Pinellas County.
His total bond is $75,000.
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