PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) — A Palmetto man was arrested by deputies after they said he sexually battered a 5-year-old girl during a birthday party on Sunday.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said the victim’s parents called them to report the incident. Investigators identified the suspect as 44-year-old Christopher Thompson.

Deputies said Thompson and the child were at a birthday for someone in the neighborhood, and he lured her back to his house.

He allegedly sexually battered the child and made her watch child pornography. Then he told the victim to go back to the party and say nothing, according to the arrest report.

Deputies executed a search warrant at Thompson’s home and took a “a significant amount of electronics.” Child pornography was found on some of the devices. Based on the material found, deputies said they suspect Thompson committed lewd and lascivious acts on multiple young girls.

“I want parents to know if they live by this predator, if they have ever seen him before, if they think it is a possibility that he may have been around their kids, they need to talk to their children because this man is the devil,” said Sheriff Rick Wells.

While deputies were searching the home, multiple parents approached them to express concerns for their kids’ safety, according to the report.

Thompson was arrested at his workplace, and was charged with capital sexual battery, exposing minors to harmful images and production and possession of child pornography.

He is an employee with Manatee County Government. A spokesperson told 8 On Your Side Thompson is a ‘utilities maintenance technician trainee’. He does not have a criminal history out of Manatee County, however the sheriff’s office says investigators are looking into his past.

(Photo courtesy of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Detectives believe there are more victims.

“It was important that we got that first phone call. The parents took that initiative, they listened to their child and they called us. Because of their quick action and listening to their child, we were able to make an arrest quite quickly. That is very important because we saved another child, they saved another child from being sexually abused. We can’t thank them enough for helping us during this investigation,” said Sheriff Wells.

Anyone with information about similar incidents involving Thompson are encouraged to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011.