A 27-year-old man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl — that included recording their sex on video — has been arrested.
The teenager’s father called Fort Lauderdale police in July when he learned Caleb Mason Wright had been having sex with the girl for about a year, according to the arrest report.
She told detectives she met Wright at a “Comic-Con convention” in Miami in March 2019. Both were cosplayers who dressed up as pop culture characters.
She was 16 and Wright was 25 at the time. He told her to keep their relationship discreet because of her age, the report stated.
The relationship became physical and the pair met for sex in his car, at his home, and at a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, investigators said.
On one occasion in April 2019, Wright pressured her to into performing a certain sex act and told her, “you won’t feel it if you’re drunk.” She later told detectives she drank alcohol, “to the point where like, I couldn’t feel my legs,” and she didn’t remember what happened after that, the arrest report said.
Within days, Wright emailed her two videos that showed them having sex. Investigators collected the videos as evidence, authorities said.
An arrest warrant was issued in August and Wright was taken into custody Friday.
At his first court appearance Saturday, Wright’s attorney Bob Nichols said both families approved of the relationship until they found out the age difference.
“Caleb’s family thought she was over 18 [and] her family thought he was younger than he was,” Nichols said. “Everybody, pretty much, seemed [to think] eventually they would be getting married.”
The Broward assistant state attorney countered Wright knew the girl was underage and Wright also knew that he video recorded the sex acts without her knowledge.
Bond was set at $54,000 on charges including sexual assault and battery on a victim 16 or 17, promoting a sexual performance by a child, and transmitting child pornography, records show.
Nichols told Broward Judge Michael Lynch that Wright was already out on a $34,000 bond for the same case in Miami-Dade because the videos were sent to the teenager who lives in that county.
“He’s being double thumped,” Nichols said. “So running up a bond, respectfully, that’s outrageous.”
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