CRESTVIEW — A man accused of luring a 14-year-old girl into his car and then violently raping her has been convicted of sexual battery while using a deadly weapon or force likely to cause serious personal injury.
Samuel Matthew Mosley Jr., who was 43 when he committed the crime, picked up the victim when she was walking to a friend's house early on the morning of July 27, 2016.
He then took her to a deserted parking lot and attacked her, according to a press release from the Office of State Attorney First Judicial Circuit. She told Mosley that she was 14 and that she wasn't going to do that and tried to get out of the car, according to his Crestview Police Department arrest report.
He then grabbed her around the neck, choked her until she passed out and brutally raped her. When she woke up, he was on top of her.
After the attack, he asked her if she wanted to be taken to the police station and she told him no. She got out and walked away.
Her injuries included bruising on her neck area and hemorrhaging in both of her eyes.
She provided a detailed description of the defendant and the vehicle in which the rape had occurred. Law enforcement was able to collect DNA evidence that positively linked Mosley to the sexual attack.
Sentencing has been scheduled for May 18 before Circuit Judge Michael Flowers. Mosley faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment.