PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – A man from Pensacola is in jail after a pastor turns him into authorities for child sexual assault.
Robert Cota, 31, is charged with 600 counts of sexual assault and 600 counts of incest.
A pastor said Cota went to his church’s new members event and Cota asked to speak to him at the end. He said the conversation was about the church’s guideline book regarding marriage, gender and sexual conduct. The pastor said Cota had a problem with the word “incest”.
The pastor said he told Cota that what he was doing was wrong and that Cota should report himself to the authorities. The pastor gave the sheriff’s office a sheet with Cota’s current address and phone number that he filled out at the event.
The deputies located the victim and his mother at a different address. The victim said she “had sex” with Cota since she was seven. She estimated that this has happened 600 times over several years.
The victim’s mother said she caught Cota in bed with the victim in September and confronted him about it, but that he “was shutting down and not answering any questions.”
MPs came into contact with Cota and “Cota would always refer to him, never physically assaulting the victim,” according to the arrest report. MPs said he does not make eye contact when questioned and begins many responses with “I don’t know, no” and speaks very quietly or laughs after a question. has been asked. He said he was not surprised to be accused of these actions.
Cota is in Escambia County Jail without bail.
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