Man ar­rested in 2004 Florida dis­abled sex bat­tery case

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Author­i­ties say a 2004 Florida sex­ual bat­tery case in­volv­ing a dis­abled woman has been solved with the ar­rest of a sus­pect just be­fore he was to board a plane to Haiti.

The Sun­Sen­tinel re­ports that a judge on Sun­day de­nied bail for 55-year-old Pas­cal Es­time. In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested Es­time a day ear­lier at Fort Lauderdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Es­time is ac­cused of two counts of sex­ual bat­tery on a men­tally de­fec­tive per­son for al­legedly as­sault­ing a Boyn­ton Beach woman 13 years ago. Author­i­ties say the as­saults led to a preg­nancy that was ter­mi­nated, with the fe­tus pre­served for DNA ev­i­dence.

The probe was re­newed in 2016, lead­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors to Es­time, who pro­vided a DNA sam­ple match­ing the pre­served fe­tus.

Court records did not list an at­tor­ney for Es­time.

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