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Cape man faces sexual assault charges

By Staff | Mar 4, 2010

A Cape Coral man has been accused of sexually assaulting a child from 2004 to 2006, when he was under the age of 18.
George John Mitar IV, 20, faces one count of sexual assault by a person under 18 years of age with the sexual battery of a victim under 12 years of age and one count of lewd lascivious behavior with the victim less than 12 years of age and the offender is less than 18 years of age.
Mitar was located at his Cape Coral home Feb. 18 and was arrested on a warrant, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Sheehan.
Mitar remained in the Lee County Jail on $300,000 bond Thursday.
According to court documents, Mitar sexually abused the male victim on more than one occasion between June 3, 2004, and November 16, 2006. The abuse began when the child was 9 years old and Mitar was 15, and continued until the victim was 10 years old and Mitar was 16.
During a police interview in December, Mitar said the sexual activity between he and the victim “only happened once and that he participated in a polygraph at his father’s office to prove it,” the documents state.
Mitar denied any other incident, the documents state.
His father, George J. Mitar III, is a private attorney. He told police that his son disclosed small details about the case, and he used those details for his son to participate in a polygraph examination. He agreed to provide a copy of the polygraph examination results to police.
According to Sheehan, George J. Mitar III worked for the LCSO, possibly in a legal capacity, before leaving in 2004. Robyn Mitar, the stepmother of the accused, has been with the LCSO since 1989. She is a lieutenant assigned to the Watch Commander Division.
Attorneys Robert Harris and Chris Cosden are representing Mitar.
“We have not received the state’s evidence yet. We do not know what the details of the case are,” Harris said Thursday. “Once we do, we will get ready to present a defense.”
Mitar has a case management conference hearing before Lee County Judge Margaret O. Steinbeck at 2:30 p.m., April 7, at the Lee County Justice Center in Fort Myers.