LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -Police have arrested a registered sex offender who's now accused of sex crimes against six juvenile females. Authorities say the suspect met the victims during visits to the home of the girls' babysitter.
The suspect has been identified as Steven William Forester, age 49, of North Maple Avenue in Lehigh Acres.
The case unfolded on April 15, 2010, as that's when deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office were notified of possible sex crimes involving multiple female victims at a home in North Fort Myers. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit assumed the investigation.
Investigators learned that six juvenile females were being supervised by a baby sitter. .It's said that Forester would visit the home where the victims were being cared for. According to police, the person supervising the children had no knowledge of Forester's criminal history.
Detectives learned Forester spent a lot of time with the victims and was known to take the them places and buy them things. It was during these encounters that the sex crimes occurred, police say.
Forester was arrested on Friday, April 30. He was apprehended at a Matt Road location in North Fort Myers. He was taken into custody and charged with the following:
- One count of felony sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12
- Four felony counts of committing a sex offense against a child (fondling)
- Two felony counts of exposing a minor to obscene materials
- One felony count of committing a lewd act against a minor; and
- Two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure in public.
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