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26-Year-Old Florida Man accused of raping teen he met via video game

Lee County Sheriff's Office
Lee County Sheriff’s Office

LEE COUNTY, FL– A 26-Year-Old Florida man has been arrested after it was found that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old he met through a video game.
Dillon Atkinson was charged with one count of lewd or lascivious behavior and lewd or lascivious battery on Dec. 29th for his relationship with the teen.
The Lee County Sheriff says that they began investigating Atkinson in the summer after the teen’s parents discovered a chat between the Atkinson and teen on Fortnite.
After questioning the teen about her relationship with Atkinson, the teen told her parents that they were in a sexual relationship.
The teen told police that she was aware of Atkinson’s age and he was aware of hers.
Police say that Atkinson told them that he believed the girl was 16 and was not aware of the age of consent.
He also told authorities that they started as friends but then their relationship became “romantic in nature.”
The charges against Atkinson are considered to be a second-degree felony.
If convicted, Atkinson could face up to 15 years behind bars.
He is currently being held at the Lee County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 30.