MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Bradenton man was arrested this week after deputies say he raped a woman he arranged a date with on social media.
He was later caught thanks to his own mistake.
In mid-July, authorities say 37-year-old Daniel DeSear asked a woman out through Facebook Messenger.
DeSear has a lengthy rap sheet. And after he met her at her house, he allegedly gave her three prescription Suboxone pills.
Later, over drinks at a nearby restaurant, she felt ill and asked him to take her home.
She blacked out and woke up the next morning naked with no idea what had happened.
“While she was asleep, DeSear was taking pictures and shooting video of her without her knowledge,” said MCSO spokesman, Randy Warren.
On one of the clips, she was heard snoring as he attacked her.
Later that week, DeSear accidentally sent a picture to his ex-girlfriend’s cell phone depicting the crime.
He later asked to come over to the ex-girlfriend’s house to charge his phone. While at the house, she obtained more photos and videos when he wasn’t looking. She later sent the evidence to the victim and to authorities.
“The ex-girlfriend came forward and contacted the victim here and that’s what really got the case started,” said Warren. “If he hadn’t made the mistake of accidentally sending…a picture to someone else, it went to his ex-girlfriend, we may never have known about it, this victim may have never known about it.”
Officials at the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) say the woman is not to blame.
“It is never a survivor’s fault,” said SPARCC sexual violence advocate Jessica Johnston. “Every time you share something like this happening to you, you empower victims entering into survivorhood to do the same.”
“We need to hold rapists accountable for rape and I don’t think victims play any sort of way into these crimes happening, it’s a choice on the perpetrator,” Johnston added.
After being on the run for weeks, DeSear was arrested on Monday. He was booked into the Manatee County jail on charges of sexual battery and video voyeurism.
At this time, officials have no reason to believe there were other victims, but if you have any information, call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.