A rowdy vacationer is accused of sexually molesting a statue in one in every of Florida’s Gulf Coast trip hubs, investigators say.

It occurred Friday, Dec. 8, in St. Pete Seashore and the “sufferer” was a life-sized statue of a manatee that doubles as a mascot for Rick’s Reef Restaurant and Patio Bar, in keeping with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace. St. Pete Seashore is about 30 miles southwest of Tampa.

Investigators say the suspect is a 23-year-old man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who’s accused of making disturbances on the restaurant and a close-by lodge.

“Whereas at Rick’s Reef, the defendant was throwing gator nuggets … within the restaurant,” a deputy wrote in an affidavit.

“When confronted by employees the defendant grew to become belligerent and was sexually molest(ing) a manatee model within the presence of employees and several other different patrons.”

The suspect then ran about one-third of a mile to the Postcard Inn On The Seashore, the place he started “yelling and screaming obscenities on the entrance desk employee,” officers say.

The “defendant then selected to linger within the parking zone and yell obscenities inflicting a site visitors backup,” officers stated.

Deputies arrested the person and charged him with disorderly intoxication, which is a misdemeanor, officers stated. He was launched Dec. 9 on his own recognizance, information present.

The manatee on the middle of the incident is one often utilized by Rick’s Reef for promotions, together with dressing it up for particular events, social media posts present.

Rick’s Reef is on a barrier island alongside Florida’s west coast.

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