East Naples man accused of sexual battery on neighbor's daughter


 Name: ZELAYA, DENIS
 Charge: SEX BATTERY - VICT UNDER 12 YOA - SUSP 18 YOA OR OLDER, LEWD LASCIVIOUS MOLEST - VICT UNDER 12 SUSP 18 OR OLDER
 Residence: NAPLES
 Age: 36
 Occupation: COOK
 Case #: N/A

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This gallery is compiled by the Naples Daily News staff from written reports by Naples police, Collier Sheriff‘s Office, Marco police and other agencies.  Arrests indicate suspicion of crime, not guilt.  To report a crime or suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the Naples Police and Fire Department at 213-4844, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 774-4434 or the Marco Island Police Department at 389-5050.


  • Name: ZELAYA, DENIS
  • Charge: SEX BATTERY - VICT UNDER 12 YOA - SUSP 18 YOA OR OLDER, LEWD LASCIVIOUS MOLEST - VICT UNDER 12 SUSP 18 OR OLDER
  • Residence: NAPLES
  • Age: 36
  • Occupation: COOK
  • Case #: N/A

Follow this case online: http://www.collierclerk.com/RecordsSearch/CourtRecords
Please note: Most cases require 2-3 days to be inputted into the public court record.
This gallery is compiled by the Naples Daily News staff from written reports by Naples police, Collier Sheriff‘s Office, Marco police and other agencies. Arrests indicate suspicion of crime, not guilt. To report a crime or suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the Naples Police and Fire Department at 213-4844, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 774-4434 or the Marco Island Police Department at 389-5050.

An East Naples man is accused of sexual battery on his neighbor’s young daughter while her family was out of town.

Denis Zelaya, 36, of an unknown address, was arrested Sunday by Collier deputies at the 700 block of Vanderbilt Beach Road.

According to an arrest report, the young girl told her parents that while they were away in Tampa sometime in Oct. and she was staying with Zelaya, he had taken her into his room and forced her to have sexual intercourse with him.

Deputies said they spoke with Zelaya’s mother who told them that the young girl told her earlier in the day that she had been raped by him while she was in their care while her family was in Tampa and on another occasion as well.

The second occasion occurred while he sent his children outside to take out the trash and another person in the home was showering, according to reports.

The victim told deputies that Zelaya then took her into his bedroom and had sex with her again.

Zelaya faces felony charges of sexually battery on a victim under 12 years of age and lewd and lascivious molestation.

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