Man Charged with Sexual Battery on a Minor Gets Probation, Victim Disappears Before Trial
BROOKSVILLE – A local business owner accused of having sex with his teenage step daughter walked away with just 3-years’ probation, after a judge accepted a plea deal on a lesser charge.
Last June 34-year-old Ryan Schrader, owner of Mariner Auto Repair on Mariner Blvd, was arrested on 10-counts of Sexual Battery on a child between 12 and 16 years of age. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL STORY
As the March 13th trial date approached, the State introduced evidence of what led to Schrader’s arrest. According to court documents, prosecutors submitted controlled phone calls between Schrader and the victim’s mother, Maria Patrice Smith, where Schrader states that the victim would “tease” him and admitted to having sex with the victim 5-6 times. The State also introduced the victim’s personal diaries in which the victim discussed the sexual relationship.
On June 4th of 2016, lead investigator Det. George Loydgren interviewed the victim who provided explicit details of the alleged sexual contact between her and Schrader. The victim also alleges that Ryan would pay her money and drive her anywhere she wanted to go. The victim says she had sex with Ryan 15 to 20 times while she was between the ages of 15 and 16 years old. In a more disturbing allegation, the victim says Ryan attempted to perform anal sex and used anime pornography to teach her how.Throughout the investigation, the child’s mother defended Schrader and according to officials she may have forced her daughter to leave the country in an effort to help Schrader’s case. According to the victim’s Grandfather, Mark Oakley, the victim disappeared just three days before a hearing was scheduled in front of Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. which would have allowed Schrader back into the Smith’s home if granted. The victim moved in with Oakley after Schrader’s arrest and remained until her disappearance in late August, 2016. Turns out, the mother placed the victim in a cab alone and sent her to the airport where she boarded a plane to Trinidad. The exact whereabouts of the victim was still unknown as of January 9th, 2017. The Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the case and has not confirmed if the victim is still listed as missing an endangered.
I spoke to Schrader today who said “As you know a lot of what the State said has been a lie, manipulation, stealing my mail, or badgering the witness.” Schrader goes on to say “I’m not mad at the police, they had a job and they did it. I’m not mad at Maria for calling because as a mother she did what a mother should do. I’m not mad at (the victim) because she didn’t know the scope of what her actions were going to cause and thought she would just be pissing off her mother.”
Schrader says he accepted the plea deal of 1-count Child Abuse without Great Harm because he admits to spanking the victim when she would disobey.
After the victim fled the country, Oakley received a text from her that stated “Ryan didn’t do anything to me and he didn’t give me any money. I haven’t spoken to him at all.” She goes on to say “…I just wanted mom’s attention becuz she’s always paying attention to the girls.” Lastly, the victim writes “I wrote those things in my journal for her to find it because I knew she goes in my room and looks for things.
Judge Merritt withheld adjudication and Schrader was placed on 3-years’ probation. If successfully completed, Schrader’s probation could be terminated in 18-months.
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