A case against a Kissimmee man who thought his teenage girlfriend was a legally emancipated adult ended quietly this month after prosecutors agreed to drop the last of 240 rape charges
Rather than spending life in prison, Charlie Vazquez accepted a plea bargain that gave him a year of probation
and credit for 114 days served in the Osceola County Jail, records show.
Never accused of sexual violence, Vazquez, 25, was candid and cooperative in June after he and his girlfriend were stopped for questioning about taking their pit bull to the Amber Inn, a motel in the county's west U.S. Highway 192 tourist corridor, arrest records state.
During questioning, the 16-year-old girl told a sheriff's deputy that a judge declared her months earlier to be an emancipated minor with the legal rights of an adult.
The teen's mother told deputies the same thing
and stated she approved of Vazquez living with her daughter in another motel on the tourist strip, records show.
A background check ended in handcuffs for the couple when deputies learned the teen had been reported as a runaway by the Children's Home Society in Orange County. Contrary to her claims of emancipation, she was still classified as a minor.
After Vazquez and the teen admitted having sex twice a day during the previous 120 days, deputies charged him under state rape laws with 240 counts of unlawful sex activity with a 16 or 17-year-old victim by someone 24 years old or older.
Had he been convicted on those charges, Vazquez could have been sentenced to life in prison.