Florida man inappropriately touched girl on vacation in Pensacola

Colin Warren-Hicks, Pensacola News Journal
Published 4:38 p.m. CT Nov. 24, 2020

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A Florida man is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl and sending her sexually explicit Snapchat messages during a vacation in Pensacola over the summer.

Rame Baeten, 37, of New Port Richey, was arrested Monday and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct on a person under 16 years old, online solicitation of a minor, illegal use of a two-way communications device and four counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

County records indicate he was booked into the Escambia County Jail with a $160,000 bond and was released about 40 minutes later.

According to an arrest report from the Florida Department of Corrections, a 15-year-old told authorities Baeten touched her buttocks and sent her messages via Snapchat while she was vacationing with him and family in Pensacola on Aug. 6-10.

“The victim stated Baeten grabbed her butt at least once a day, every day they were in Pensacola,” the report stated. “She said it was not ‘playful touching’ and was done so intentionally.”

The messages Baeten sent the girl included statements such as “Are you a banana? Because I wanna peel ur clothes off” and Baeten describing the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the minor, the report stated.  

Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8680.

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