Ponte Vedra resident and current UF student arrested on charge of sexual battery


Ian Deal, a 19-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach teen who currently is a student at the University of Florida, was arrested on Feb. 17 on a charge of sexual battery, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. 

A police report states that the victim, who is a woman, invited Deal, a former Ponte Vedra High School student, to her apartment. She reported that she told Deal beforehand she did not want to have sex. According to the report, the woman said that while at her apartment they started kissing. During which, the individual told deputies that Deal grabbed her by the neck, flipped her over and took her clothes off. She reported that she told him multiple times to stop and he did not, instead pushing her face into a pillow. Afterward, the woman said Deal rolled over and fell asleep, at which time she called the police, went to the hospital and had a sexual rape assault kit completed. 

At the time Deal was arrested, he was found asleep in her bedroom. Deal told the police he had consensual sex without a condom. 

Deal was placed under arrest on a charge of sexual battery and transported to the Alachua County Jail. He was released on Feb. 19 on a bond of $275,000. 


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