Haines City, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man for the kidnapping and sexual battery of a minor in the Davenport area.
Thirty year-old Travis Burton of Haines City is charged with sexual battery on a 16-year-old girl, as well as kidnapping. Investigators say Burton restrained the girl with rope and tape inside an unoccupied residence in Davenport.
Burton is said to have punched the girl in the face after she arrived at the residence where Burton was waiting. It was there that Burton tied up the teen and sexually battered her four times. The girl tells deputies that Burton put a knife to her throat, and attached a dog leash to her neck.
Deputies say Burton then put the girl in his truck, and drove until getting stuck in an orange grove. He then sexually battered the girl again in the truck.
Deputies later found the truck, with the girl inside, but Burton had fled on foot. When Burton was arrested, he told deputies that he had contacted the teen over the internet and had agreed to pay the girl $300 for sex. They reportedly had a disagreement over the money, so she refused to leave, and Burton said that it, "got a little rough."
Detectives say Burton has a criminal history that includes burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vehicle theft and more.
Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office