Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Destin man on charges of sexual battery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The female victim says 46-year-old Bennett Keith Cline of 4563 Luke Avenue forced her to have sexual intercourse at his home on the morning of June 12.

She says he physically picked her up off the coach and took her to his bedroom where he raped her despite pleas for him to stop and attempts to push him off.

Investigators were able to obtain a voicemail message on the victim’s cell phone which corroborates her allegation.

In addition, during the execution of a search warrant at Cline’s home Wednesday, investigators found nearly three quarters of a pound of marijuana, along with plastic bags and scales.