Punta Gorda man sentenced to 20 years for sex crime against child

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Joseph Maxwell Griffin (CREDIT: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

A 38-year-old Punta Gorda man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for one count of sexual activity with a child.

The State Attorney’s Office said Joseph Maxwell Griffin was adjudicated guilty for the crime. He was also sentenced to 30 years of sex offender probation to follow the prison sentence.

Griffin has been designated a sexual predator and will have to register with the state.

In July of 2020, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a sexual battery. The victim told their guardian Griffin was touching her inappropriately.

Griffin admitted to the crimes, the state attorney’s office said.

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