JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WDHN) — A Jackson County jury found a man guilty of performing sexual battery on his underage stepdaughter, according to the sheriff’s office.
Willie Franklin Oquin, 47, was accused of the sex crime after the Department of Children and Families informed the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office that a 14-year-old girl was discovered to be around five months pregnant.
“During an interview with the child victim, she was not able to tell investigators who had impregnated her, nor was she able to describe sexual intercourse to investigators due to her mental incapacity,” a release from the sheriff’s office states.
The investigation soon identified Oquin as the suspect, who was said to be serving as the teenager’s stepfather role of “step-father” to the victim.
After giving a DNA sample through his saliva to investigators, Oquin was later sentenced to 18 months in prison on unrelated charges.
With Oquin in prison, the victim felt safe enough to give a second, more detailed account of how Oquin impregnated her.
Oquin denied having sex with the victim but instead said the victim’s mother was to blame for the pregnancy. He said that the mother took his semen with an eyedropper while he was passed out on medication and use that to impregnate her daughter.
However, further investigation found Oquin was grooming the victim, trying to have intercourse with her to “teach her about having sex.”
“When the victim refused to submit to Oquin’s requests of sexual intercourse, he would take her mattress away from her,” the release states. “The sexual intercourse between the victim and Oquin began when she was 14 years old until she … became pregnant.”
When the victim gave birth to her child, a boy, in November 2017, the DNA sample from Oquin’s saliva and the child’s DNA were compared, showing that Oquin was indeed the child’s father.
With this new evidence, law enforcement charged Oquin with sexual battery within familial authority and lewd and lascivious battery.
Almost two years after the initial report, six jurors found Oquin guilty of both charges after 30 minutes of deliberating on June 25, 2019.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 19 at 10 a.m. at the Jackson County Agricultural Center. Both convictions have the chance to put Oquin in jail for the rest of his life, according to the sheriff’s office.