Pinellas County detectives arrested and charged Zachary Hoyt yesterday for capital sexual battery on a child less than 12 years old.
Hoyt, 31, confessed to the accusations that he placed his hand under the girl’s clothing and said it was possible his DNA would be found on the victim.
At about 4:48 p.m., Crimes Against Children Unit detectives arrested Hoyt in response to a family member’s suspicions of sexual abuse, touching the young girl inappropriately and acting suspicious after being seen.
The victim described to the investigators that Hoyt touched her and told her to be quiet.
Hoyt was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
Police said that the case is still an ongoing investigation. Below is the full report from the sheriff’s office.
From the sheriff:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested 31-year-old Zachary Hoyt for Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Less Than 12-years-old.
Detectives began their investigation on May 13, 2020, after they were contacted by a family member of the victim. The family member suspected sexual abuse after witnessing Hoyt touching the victim inappropriately and acting suspicious after being seen.
According to detectives, Hoyt placed his hand under the victim’s clothing and touched her vagina. The victim described to investigators how Hoyt touched her and instructed her to be quiet.
Detectives interviewed Hoyt at the Sheriff’s Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. During the interview, Hoyt admitted to having his hand under the victim’s clothes and said it was possible his DNA would be found on the victim’s vagina.
At about 4:48 p.m. on May 14, 2020, detectives arrested Hoyt and charged him with one count of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Less Than 12-years-old. Hoyt was subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
The investigation continues.