A Lake City, Fla., man blames the devil for his attempted rape on a 13-year-old girl, cops said.
According to a police report obtained by First Coast News, Gerome Robinson, 18, asked a 13-year-old girl if she wanted to "hang out." When she said no, Robinson allegedly pushed the girl into his backyard and stripped off his clothes.
The girl was able to escape Robinson’s clutches before his mom came out and forced him inside their home, according to the report.
News4Jax reports that Robinson allegedly told police, "the devil tried to rape her in my body."
The station also spoke with Robinson’s neighbor who said he doubted the police’s accusations.
"She lied and said it happened right there in the yard, but it never really happened," Butch Eichenberg said outside Robinson’s home.
When asked about Robinson’s alleged statement about the devil, Eichenberg said, "I don’t think he’s all there in the head, but I don’t think he did what they claimed he did."
This is hardly the first time the devil has been blamed for a violent sex crime.
In February, 50-year-old Cruz Hernandez, who was accused of raping a woman in Bradenton, Fla., allegedly told police “the devil got inside me last night."