A north Florida man was arrested in connection with the sexual battery of a 4-year-old girl.

Capt. Steven Ganey of the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Francisco Ramon Alicea is being held without bail for alleged capital sexual battery.

He was booked into the jail early Thursday morning. Ganey says if convicted, Alicea could face the death penalty. Florida statutes allow the death penalty in sexual-battery cases involving victims under the age of 12.

Authorities say the girl was in Alicea's care on New Year's Eve when the assault occurred. Ganey says Alicea confessed to the sexual battery.

It could not immediately be determined whether Alicea had an attorney.

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