Man accused of sexual battery against child

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VERO BEACH — A 28-year-old man was arrested after he touched an underage girl inappropriately on several occasions, deputies said.

Aaron Robert Avis, of the 5900 block of Ridge Lake Circle, Vero Beach, was charged with sexual battery on a child. He is being held at the Indian River County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Aaron Avis

A deputy spoke with the child, 12, who told the deputy she lost her virginity to Avis and that they’ve had sex more than 20 times. Deputies contacted Avis and brought him to the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed.

Avis initially denied any misconduct with the girl, but then confessed after his story changed multiple times, deputies said. He told deputies he had an inappropriate relationship with the girl from 2015 until 2017.

Avis was taken to the county jail for booking.

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