A Riviera Beach teen has been charged with sexually assaulting two young girls — again.
This time, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said 16-year-old Q’Darieus Tyrell Thornton inappropriately touched two 5- and 4-year-old girls in their bedroom during a game of hide-and-seek in June.
The sheriff’s office said Thornton is on probation for sexually battering a 5-year-old girl three years ago. This time he is being charged as an adult.
The teen has been arrested on similar charges in Orange County, too, a state attorney said in court Wednesday morning. Judge Joseph Marx ordered Thornton be held in jail on a $150,000 bond.
Thornton had been staying in the suburban Riviera Beach home with the children because his mother and he were temporarily homeless, according to a sheriff’s office report.
He had been in the home three days before he touched the girls under their clothes multiple times, the sheriff’s office said. Thornton made the 5-year-old perform sex acts on him, as well, the girl told officials.
A woman who lives in the home became suspicious on a June afternoon when she didn’t hear the children, she told deputies. The door to their room was locked, so she unlocked it and saw Thornton running from the closet and the 4-year-old stumbling behind, pulling up her shorts.
When police asked the teen about the allegations, he said, “Little kids lie,” and that everybody lies about him, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Officials took DNA samples from the girls and Thornton, according to the sheriff’s office. Initial results show Thornton’s DNA may have been on the girls’ underwear and pubic area, but its presence was not confirmed.