Teen babysitter accused of rape to be tried as adult



OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - An Osceola County teenager who is accused of raping two young girls he was babysitting will be tried as an adult.

Pablo Rivera, 15, was in court Monday, where a judge announced he will be prosecuted as an adult.

According to investigators, the teen sexually battered two girls, ages 6 and 7, who he was supposed to be babysitting over the course of a year.

One of the victims told investigators Rivera threatened her with violence if she told anyone about the abuse, according to court documents.

Detectives said Rivera admitted to some inappropriate behavior during questioning, but never confessed to the alleged crimes. He's now facing 50 counts of capital sexual battery.

WFTV's legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said because of Rivera's age, it's unlikely he will serve a life sentence if he's convicted. It's possible that he will do some jail time followed by probation. Sheaffer said he'd have to register as a sex offender as well.