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Clearwater employee charged with molesting teen girl

CLEARWATER

City worker charged with molestation

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has arrested a city employee on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a 14-year-old girl he befriended. Deputies say 23-year-old Jarvis McCree, who works as a courier for the city of Clearwater, met the victim in February. He sent the teen love notes, bought her a cell phone and texted her lewd messages. The relationship escalated on the night of Feb. 21, detectives say, when McCree convinced the girl to sneak into a private residence in north Pinellas County, authorities said. The teen returned to the home the next day, when the molestation occurred. The incidents came to light after the teen girl's parents discovered McCree also gave a cell phone to an older sister, who was to keep quiet about the incident. The parents reported the incident to authorities and the Sheriff's Office began investigating March 24. Deputies arrested McCree at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Kid porn on laptop leads to arrest

Clearwater police have arrested a Palm Harbor man on charges of possessing child pornography. Jeffery T. Roberts, who turns 40 today, faces three charges after turning himself in at department headquarters at 4 p.m. Thursday. According to Clearwater police, he was to be booked into the Pinellas County Jail. The Clearwater Police Crimes Against Children and Families Unit began its investigation in late January after the suspect's employer contacted police. The information technology department of the employer, whose name was not made available by police, was performing routine maintenance on the suspect's laptop when it discovered files containing what appeared to be child pornography, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. Authorities confirmed the existence of child porn and seized the computer.

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Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center will present "A Crash Course in Music Reading,'' from May 6 through July 15. The class is designed for beginners and intermediate musicians to learn the fundamentals of music reading. Topics include staff, notes, pitch and tempo, as well as music reading. It will be held 7 to 8 p.m. at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. Cost: $50 per person and $25 for the second person in the same family. To register, visit www.tarponarts.org. For information, call (727) 937-0786.

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Clearwater employee charged with molesting teen girl 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:11pm]
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