The father of a teen boy is facing charges after driving his son and an underage girl to the park where the teenagers reportedly engaged in sexual activity.
On Sunday night around 11:40 pm, an officer noticed a Toyota in a parking space at McChesney Park. When he went up to the man sitting in the driver’s seat to find out why he was at the location after hours the man reportedly said that he had given his 15-year-old son and a 15-year-old girl a ride to the park.
The officer reported that he asked why the man, identified as 53-year-old Laurence Mitchell, would take his son and the girl to a park in the middle of the night. Mitchell allegedly said that he believed they were just being teenagers and doing “what kids do,” and that they were not causing any trouble.
The teenagers came walking through the park in the direction of the Toyota and the officer spoke with them. When he asked Mitchell’s son and his companion what they were doing while they were inside of the park they said that they had been smoking and that they had spent some time engaging in a sexual encounter.
When the officer asked the teenagers if Mitchell was aware of their purpose for going to the park they said that they did not believe he knew what they were doing while they were there.
Mitchell was taken into custody and booked into the Port St. Lucie jail on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He posted $750 bond and was released, and he is scheduled to be arraigned for the allegations on September 25.
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