By Ryan Yousefi
A man faces second-degree felony charges after a Parkland mother provided law enforcement with evidence he was having a sexual relationship with her teenage daughter.
On June 1, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Parkland residence to speak to a mother who believed her 15-year-old daughter was in a sexual relationship with an adult man.
She told deputies she had discovered evidence her daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with a man, later identified as Edgar Juarez, 24, of Coral Springs.
According to the police report, the woman discovered the relationship after one of her daughter’s friends forwarded evidence via Instagram depicting her daughter smoking marijuana and kissing the suspect.
The woman told deputies her daughter admitted to having sexual relations with Juarez in the past, most within cars parked within Parkland neighborhoods, and subsequently turned over to her access to Instagram chats.
Deputies took possession of an Apple iPad and laptop computer to begin an investigation. They would ultimately interview the victim a few weeks later to learn more about the nature of her contact with Juarez.
Records show the girl told deputies that she first met Juarez at the Coral Square Mall with friends and informed him that she was a minor, but lied about her age, telling Juarez she was 17.
After the pair exchanged information, they later began chats about life, sometimes kissing. Still, the conversations were nothing highly sexual in nature, and no naked pictures were sent by either of them to each other, according to the police report.
Deputies learned during the interview of the teen that she had previously met Juarez in person at least seven times and that most of the meetings would take place after she snuck out of her home between midnight and 4:00 a.m.
The victim told deputies the meetings would typically involve driving around in Juarez’s car to find places to smoke marijuana and have sex. The pair would end up in the parking lot of a Parkland apartment building, where they would sometimes have sex in the backseat for four hours.
The victim denied being in a relationship with Juarez to law enforcement, claiming she only was using him to smoke weed.
On July 5, deputies accessed the teen’s devices, where they discovered multiple images that confirmed the victim’s description of their meetings, including Juarez smoking marijuana.
Detectives also viewed messages that confirmed a much deeper relationship between Juarez and the victim, including those discussing matching tattoos and exchanges of “I Love You.”
The victim assisted detectives with the social media posts, explaining what occurred on the night of each photo, including confirmation of sexual relations in the car shown in the images.
Detectives assigned to the case were able to recover a phone number for Juarez that led to him being fully identified, including his known address shown on his driver’s license at the 4300 block of Riverside Drive.
On July 31, deputies conducted controlled calls between the victim and Juarez, where she alluded to past sexual relations and the desire for future encounters, conversations to which he did not object.
Unwilling to confirm a time to meet the victim, deputies instead traveled to Juarez’s home, where they captured him walking to his vehicle.
Juarez was arrested and transported to the Broward County Jail.
His devices have been confiscated and will be reviewed by the department’s forensic unit for further evidence.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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