Florida man charged with 1.2K sexual assault and incest

A Florida man has been charged with 1,200 assault and incest charges involving a minor.

Robert Cota, 31, of Pensacola, was charged with 600 counts of sexually assaulting a victim between the ages of 12 and 18 and 600 counts of incest allegedly occurring in the past six years.

Cota was reported to police by a local pastor, who told deputies that Cota had approached him last Sunday and said he was having “problems with one of the beliefs” described in the church book. He specifically pointed to the word “incest,” according to arrest documents obtained by WEAR-TV.

After further discussion, the pastor told Cota to report to the authorities. The pastor later gave Cota’s information to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the arrest report, the victim told authorities that she had had sexual contacts with Cota since she was 7. The girl said Cota had told her that the sex acts were meant to show affection.

In September 2020, the victim’s mother confronted Cota about having a sexual relationship with the girl, according to the arrest report. In response, Cota pointed a gun at the girl and was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic violence, while authorities began investigating the assault and incest allegations.

Both Cota and the victim allegedly told the mother of the sexual relationship before withdrawing their statements after the incident, police said.

When officers arrived to arrest Cota for assault and incest, he reportedly said he was not surprised by the charges.

He was incarcerated at the Escambia County Jail, where his bail is set at $3,000,000.

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