Sarasota deputies search for additional sex crime victims

Mark Wyman booking photo.

SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) — Three young girls claim a 48-year-old family friend molested them, investigators say, and now they worry there could be more victims out there. Sarasota County deputies arrested Mark Wyman, 48, on Friday. He’s been charged with one count of sexual capital battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under the age of 12.

Wyman’s neighbors tell News Channel 8 they often saw children at his house and are shocked by the allegations. Two of the victims are 12. The other is just 6 years-old. One victim told investigators Wyman started molesting her five years ago. Investigators believe it took the girls so long to come forward because Wyman had them convinced the inappropriate touching was part of a game.

The alleged abuse happened at Wyman’s house, in his pool, and at the Ellenton Ice rink, according to his arrest report. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (941) 861-4900. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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