Sarasota Army recruiter arrested, whistleblower and mother speak out
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Sarasota mother is proud of her daughter, after her daughter reported an incident to her advisor that led to the arrest of an Army recruiter. The mother, concerned for the safety of her family, asked that we not reveal her identity.
Sarasota Sheriff’s detectives arrested 33-year-old Lloyd Duyan on Tuesday and charged him with raping a 17-year-old student. They think there could be other victims.
According to the arrest report, Duyan picked up the victim from a party and drove her home. Before letting her out of the car, he is accused of having sexually assaulted her.
The whistleblower, a 15-year-old classmate of the victim, heard about what had happened and told an adult at the school.
“And I was like, I really don’t know what to do. The girl doesn’t know what to do, ”the girl told a school counselor. “She’s not sure she wants to go out with this.”
The whistleblower and her 17-year-old brother are both members of the Junior ROTC program at Riverview High School. Both spoke of questionable conversations they had with Duyan. The girl claims that Duyan sent her a disturbing text after a workout.
“When we did our workout, he texted me afterwards and said your butt looked so good in those leggings,” the teen recalls. “He’s like, I couldn’t stop looking.”
Kaitlyn Perez, spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives were certainly worried there would be more victims.
“This is only the beginning of the investigation. We were alerted in December that this victim had come forward about an incident that occurred last August, ”Perez said. “So what happened between August and December, we’re really not sure. So we really urge the public to come forward. “
The whistleblower’s mother believes her daughter could easily have become a victim.
“He wanted to take my daughter to lunch,” the woman said. “Absolutely, he was treating my daughter. Absolutely, without a doubt. Yeah, she could easily have been one of his victims.