RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - 19-year-old Michael Ballard has been arrested by Riviera Beach police and charged with sexual battery by force.
Shortly after 4 a-m police were called to W 16th Court to investigate a sexual battery case.
Ballard, according to his arrest report, followed a woman who had left her cousin's home around 2:15 am.
The woman, according to police, felt threatened by Ballard and started to run.
The victim told police that Ballard caught up to her and he then choked her and forced her into having sex until she was able to break away and call 911.
Police say that they found the victim's earrings and facial piercings in the grass where she said the attack took place.
Ballard told officers that the sex was consensual and denied attacking the victim.
Ballard was arrested by the Riviera Beach police and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on sexual battery charges.
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