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He’s 19 but his girlfriend was 15, police said. He’s now in jail

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A 19-year-old Key West man was jailed after police said he had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend.

Abraham Amado Acosta never forced himself on the girl, according to the fiancée of the girl’s father.

The dad called police once he identified Acosta from a recent police booking photo and told police the pair have been together at least since April, the arrest report states.

Instead, police say Acosta chose to have a relationship with a girl who is legally too young to consent to sex.

The girl’s father said he punished his daughter by taking away her cellphone and internet privileges.

Acosta was arrested on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious behavior for engaging in sexual activity with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. In Florida, the age of consent is 18.

In August, he was arrested for having a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license and having a concealed firearm, police said.

On Thursday, Acosta was still in the Stock Island Detention Center without bond.

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Gwen Filosa covers Key West and the Lower Florida Keys for and the Miami Herald and lives in Key West. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Indiana University.