A 70-year-old Florida man is behind bars after authorities said he impregnated a 13-year-old girl.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Renaud Jerome of Boca Raton was arrested Friday after doctors discovered that the girl, who had been taken to a local hospital with constipation symptoms, was actually 14 weeks pregnant, Boca police said.
After hospital employees called child welfare officials and the Broward County Sheriff's Office, the teen told investigators that Jerome "would touch her and have sex with her," the Miami Herald reported.
Jerome, who was at the hospital with the teen and said he sometimes took care of her, admitted to having "consensual vaginal intercourse with [the girl] three times," according to Boca Raton police.
"Jerome stated that [the girl] was interested in him more than he was interested in her and never forced her to do anything," the police report said.
Florida's age of consent is 18, with some exceptions for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Jerome, who was jailed without bond, is facing charges of impregnating a minor and sexual activity with a child, the Sun Sentinel reported.
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