LIVE OAK — A Live Oak man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor.

According to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported walking in on 45-year-old Arnold Dean Lyles having sex with an underage victim.

During an interview with the Child Protection Team in Gainesville, the victim said the suspect had been engaging in sexual activity with her for a few months, the report states.

The victim said Wednesday the suspect told her to take off her clothes and take a shower. After the shower, the suspect pushed the victim down on the bed and began having sex with her.

According to the report, the victim said the suspect routinely threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.

Also, the victim said a couple of months ago the suspect believed she was pregnant and started punching her in the stomach so she’d lose the child. The victim said she believed she was pregnant for approximately one month.

In addition to sexual battery on a victim 12 years of age to 18, Lyles was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim 12-16, engaging in sexual activity with a person 12-16 years old and aggravated battery.

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