Pinellas detectives charged an Oldsmar man after he had an inappropriate sexual activity with a 10-year-old female.

According to detectives, they became aware of the sexual battery on the 10-year-old child after the victim told her mother of the incident.

Detectives say 49-year-old Christopher Wayne Stufft was in a short term dating relationship with the mother of the 10-year-old victim. On the night of the incident, Stufft invited both the mother of the victim and the 10-year-old child over to his residence, located at on Countryside Key Boulevard, Oldsmar, for movies. The victim was reported to have just fallen asleep on the couch next to her mother and Stufft.

Investigators say the mother of the victim went outside to the back porch to smoke a cigarette. While the mother of the victim was outside, (section omitted due to graphic description from press release)

Detectives say the victim discreetly told her mother of the incident. The Mother of the victim and the child left Stufft’s residence and returned home to call deputies.

Detectives interviewed Stufft at his residence about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Stufft admitted to having the mother of the victim and her child over to his residence to watch movies. During the investigation, Stufft denied inappropriately touching the victim.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to determine that the incident did in fact take place.

Stufft was arrested at about 2:49 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018, and he was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

Stufft was charged with one count of Sexual Battery (on a child under 12 years of age).

Detectives confirmed Stufft was a former deputy for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland from 2004 to 2009.

The investigation continues.