Destiny Ruth Witte, 32-year-old woman from Lakeland, Florida, who was arrested for sex acts she performed on a a teen boy in public bathroom at Lake Bonny Park, has pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with a 14-year-old boy and agreed to two years of community control and 11 years of probation in exchange for that plea.
Witte, who was set to be married in just a couple of weeks after her arrest in July 2012 faced one count of lewd battery on a child under 16 and two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.
The victims family became suspicious after seeing Witte spending a lot of time with the child. A relative invited Witte to family home for a chat, and Witte arrived wearing ‘provocative clothes’ and embraced the teen in a ‘very passionate’ manner during the ‘awkward’ meeting. After that local police was contacted and a phone call between the teen boy and older woman was arranged while officers were listening their conversation. When one of the detectives broke into the conversation, the 32-year-old agreed to meet with them and was Witte arrested later that night at her mother’s home.
Before Destiny Witte
and the young boy allegedly had sex in the park, they had some kind of relationship going on at least a couple of weeks – they met in person several times and had exchanged several text messages. On that specific day at the park, 32-year-old woman and 14-year-old boy kissed and made out before Witte took the boy to bathroom where they had sex.
Destiny Witte, who has 3 children of her own, later said to police officers that she felt ‘sick to her stomach and realized what she had done was wrong…and would be willing to get counseling or do anything to “make this right”,’ according to the arrest report. Court records show Witte’s lawyer had been seeking to suppress Witte’s interview with police, arguing she had not been properly advised of her rights.
After court hearing, Witte told Bay News 9 that she wasn’t guilty of the crime and took the plea deal to move forward with her life.
“I know what I did and didn’t do, and I’m innocent in this case and this kid knows it,” she said.