John Conrad Mas

A 54-year-old Ocala man is behind bars after a teenager told her mother that she had sexual relations with him.

A Marion County sheriff’s Major Crimes detective conducted an interview with the victim on May 31 and she told him that she knew the man, 54-year-old John Conrad Mas, as “Johnny Mes.” She said she got to know Mas because her mother would drive him to the store and they would talk, a sheriff’s office report states.

The victim, who was 16 at the time, said during those conversations Mas started calling her “beautiful” and started saying things like, “I can’t wait till you’re 18. I can’t wait to marry you.” She claimed that Mas told her he was going to wait until she was 18 “before they did anything sexually,” the report says.

The girl said Mas, who “would continually talk about sex,” told her he was going to put her through truck driving school and teach her how to drive semis and work on them so “she could see the country.”

The girl told the detective that sometime between May 10-19, she rode with her mother to take Mas to a store. She said when they returned to his house, they walked down his driveway together and Mas said, “I wish we could have sex,” then put his hands on her backside, the report says.

The girl then allegedly said they could have sex and Mas walked her over to a white semi-truck that had a sleeper cab and a twin mattress. The girl said they both took off their pants and they had sexual relations for about eight to 10 minutes before Mas stopped the act, the report says, adding that he didn’t wear any protection and he said, “I’m sorry but you won’t be satisfied.”

The detective met with the girl’s mother on Tuesday and she confirmed that she had introduced her daughter to Mas. She said he would tell her stories about helping her become a truck driver and getting her through school so she could make something of herself, the report says.

On Wednesday, the detective conducted a controlled phone call between the girl and Mas. During the call, Mas allegedly made several admissions and discussed details of the sex act. He also told the girl that she didn’t need to worry about diseases and that he loved her and wanted to have a relationship with her, the report says.

Later Wednesday, the detective and a deputy made contact with Mas in the 13000 block of NE Jacksonville Road. The detective said Mas admitted to having sex with the teenager two times in the white semi-truck cab on his property. He said he knew she was 16 and “it was wrong” to have sex with her, the report says.

Mas said he once initially stopped the girl from performing a sex act on him when they were out walking on his property “but then began thinking about it.” He said he was afraid he would “lose” her and might not get another opportunity “so he took her to the semi-truck and had sex with her,” the report says.

Mas was then taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with sexual assault with a victim 16 or 17 years of age. He was being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court on July 16 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charge.

Mas is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been held in the jail six times since July 1996. During those arrests he’s faced charges of driving under the influence, resisting/obstructing without violence, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear in court and several probation violations related to some of those charges.