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- Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Engage) (30 counts),
- Transmission of Harmful Material to Minor (3 Counts)
- Use of Computer Services or Devices to Solicit (5 Counts)
Timothy Tuttle was arrested Friday and charged with 38 different crimes related to his inappropriate sexual contact with two fourteen-year-old minors. At the time of the offenses, Timothy Tuttle was 25-years-old and the victims were between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. After having met the victims on Facebook, Tuttle maintained romantic and sexual relationships with both juveniles while he requested, received and transmitted erotic photographs over Facebook Messenger.
Tuttle came to light this January through an unrelated investigation. While investigating Tuttle for his involvement with the first victim,
Detectives discovered a second victim who was previously unknown.Tuttle admitted to having a sexual relationship with both juveniles throughout 2016. The inappropriate contact with the minors was limited to 2016 in these cases. In both instances, the juveniles independently initiated contact with Tuttle through social media. During the course of the investigation, Detectives found other erotic
photos transmitted to Tuttle, but have not identified the individuals or determined the ages of the women.
This investigation is active and ongoing . Additional charges are likely against Tuttle in relation to these cases. Detectives would like anyone with more information about this matter or who have had contact or know anyone who has had contact with Tuttle to please come forward immediately.
Between August 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016, Tuttle met with the 14 year-old victim multiple times at the Brandon Town Center Mall. The mall provides a space near the general public restrooms for families to have and area to change babies, larger rooms to stay together while they use the bathroom facilities and small rooms to provide privacy to mothers. Tuttle would meet the victim in one of the privacy rooms that only had a curtain as a door to commit his sexual encounters. Additionally, the defendant asked the victim for nude photographs and he received two nude pictures from the victim and sent one nude photograph of him. The defendant admitted to multiple sexual encounters and admitted to knowing she was a minor during the course of this investigation.
Between January 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016, Tuttle used Facebook Messenger to communicate and coordinate physical meetings with the victim at his and her residence to have sex. The victim and Tuttle had sexual relations multiple times throughout the duration of this time-period and he admitted to doing so at least once a week. Tuttle asked the victim for nude photographs and received four nude pictures from her. Tuttle acknowledged the relationship and the sexual encounters as well as full knowledge of her age to Detectives during the course of this investigation.
Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using their P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers
first to be eligible for a reward.