Ocala, Florida — On July 29, 2014, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to a home in Silver Springs Shores in reference to an alleged sex crime on a now 16-year-old female.
Upon arrival, the mother of the juvenile told the deputy that her daughter had been having sex with, Michael Hoppel, 28, between August 2012 to 2014.
Hoppel was the live-in boyfriend of the mother.
The juvenile told authorities that in 2012, when she was 14-years-old and 8-months pregnant, Hoppel had given her synthetic marijuana to help with her morning sickness. She said it was in the middle of the day and no one else was home at the time.
The juvenile stated that after she smoked, she fell asleep in her mother’s bed. She said that a short time later she awoke to find Hoppel having sex with her. She told investigators that she pretended to remain sleeping until Hoppel “finished.”
The 14-year-old had her baby about a month later.
Investigators said that during the investigation they learned some disturbing details in this case.
According to reports, after the juvenile had returned home with her baby she and Hoppel began sleeping in the same bed together. Hoppel had allegedly convinced the mother, his girlfriend, that he needed to sleep in the same bed so other people in the house would not harass the baby in the middle of the night.
The juvenile stated that the two would have sex and do “other” sexual things while no one was home or they were sleeping. The juvenile said the she and Hoppel would begin with oral sex and finish with vaginal sex. The juvenile told investigators that she and Hoppel also tried anal sex, but it “didn’t work.”
According to reports, on one occasion the juvenile invited a female friend over and they all got drunk on vodka. The three of them then attempted a threesome.
During an interview with another male, who was also living in the house, he told investigators that the juvenile and Hoppel were really close and always together.
The roommate told investigators that in December 2013, the juvenile and her mother were arguing. The roommate stated that during the argument the juvenile blurted out, “I f***ed Mike.” He said later that same day the juvenile retracted her statement.
According to the roommate, the juvenile told her mother she only said it because she was mad.
The mother did not contact authorities during that time.
The roommate said that in March of 2014, he asked the juvenile if she was screwing Mike, to which she replied, “Yes.” According to reports, the roommate asked the juvenile because he had heard rumors in the neighborhood about the juvenile and Hoppel dating.
Then, on July 14, 2014, Hoppel was arrested on unrelated charges. The roommate stated that the juvenile had become a different person since Hoppel was not around.
According to reports, the juvenile told the roommate that she was involved in a romantic relationship with Hoppel and that she wanted help telling her mother.
On August 13, 2014, detectives interviewed the mother. She stated that Hoppel was her boyfriend and that she had allowed him to sleep with her daughter in the same bed. The mother told detectives that her daughter told her that Hoppel had forced her to have sex on multiple occasions.
The juvenile told her mother that Hoppel had threatened to take her baby away if she didn’t have sex with him.
On April 21, 2015, investigators interviewed Hoppel. He told authorities that he was mentoring the juvenile. He said he had taught her how to write in cursive and that he enforced rules in the house.
He said that on multiple occasions the juvenile would take his penis out of his pants and perform oral sex on him.
Hoppel stated that on one occasion, he drank a fifth of vodka and passed out on the bed. He said he awoke to find the juvenile on top of him. He said that she jumped off and said, “Thanks.” He told authorities that she made that statement because he could not get an erection because he had drank too much.
Hoppel also admitted to sleeping in the same bad as the juvenile. He said the relationship was mutual and that he never forced the juvenile to do anything.
Hoppel was arrested and charged with four counts of Sexual Battery on a Minor.
The Department of Children and Families was also notified.
No charges have been filed against the mother at this time.