A Gainesville reporter was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual battery after forcing himself on a woman Monday night, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest report.
Spencer Allen, a news reporter for WCJB TV20, was acquaintances with a woman, whom he locked inside a bedroom before forcing himself on her, police said.
In the report, the woman said Allen orally and sexually assaulted her while she repeatedly told him “no” and tried to move away. Allen grabbed her neck and held her facedown and, according to police, bit and left a visible mark on her genitalia.
Allen, 23, is being charged under Florida Statute 794.011.4b, which states that anyone 18 years or older who commits sexual battery on another person 18 years or older commits a first-degree felony.
WCJB’s News Director Kevin Fries said Allen has been suspended but provided no further comments on the arrest.
The investigation is ongoing; Allen has been released on bond.