A DeLeon Springs man pointed a gun at the girl he was sexually abusing to keep her quiet about it or he would kill her mother, brother and sister, Volusia sheriff's investigators said.
A DeLeon Springs man pointed a gun at the girl he was sexually abusing and told her to keep quiet about it or he would kill her mother, brother and sister, Volusia County sheriff's investigators said.
Investigators said because of the threat the sexual battery continued for four years until the girl told her family and her father reported it to deputies, an arrest report shows.
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Volusia County sheriff's deputies started investigating the sexual abuse on Feb. 18 when her father reported it, investigators said.
The accuser told investigators the abuse by Scott McDermott, 37, started when she was learning to drive. McDermott would touch her in the chest and lower body and said McDermott told her she needed to learn to drive with distractions, investigators said. McDermott went on to force the girl into sex acts, deputies said.
McDermott was arrested Saturday and charged sexual battery-engaging in sexual conduct with a minor 12-18 years old and released the next day from the Volusia County Branch Jail after posting $25,000 bail. Reached by phone Monday, McDermott declined comment.
The girl said she waited four years to to tell a family member of the rape because of McDermott's death threats.
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