Jailed man, 55, admits having sex with girl, 17

CLEARWATER

Jailed Man, 55, admits having sex with girl, 17

A Clearwater man was arrested and charged Monday with one count of sexual battery on a 17-year-old mentally challenged girl. Michael A. Diffenderfer, 55, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Pinellas jail. The girl was reported missing by a parent Monday. According to Clearwater police, she was last seen at 8 a.m. The victim returned to her home later in the day while detectives were in the area. She told detectives that she had been at Diffenderfer's home at 5250 Roosevelt Blvd., Lot No. 5, in unincorporated Clearwater. At first, Diffenderfer denied knowing the victim's whereabouts, police said. But police said Diffenderfer later admitted to having sexual contact with the victim that morning. Because of the nature of the crime, the victim's name will not be released.

Two-lesson boating program offered

Anyone who cannot find time for a full, comprehensive boating course are invited to attend a two-lesson program sponsored by the Clearwater flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clearwater Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd., Sand Key. The $30 fee covers the cost of materials. Call (727) 469-8895 or visit www.a0701101.uscgaux.info.

North Pinellas

Holiday closings

Pinellas County government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Other holiday closings include:

City offices: Belleair, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Oldsmar, Largo and Safety Harbor will be closed on Thursday only. Belleair Bluffs and Dunedin will be closed Thursday and Friday.

PSTA and DART: Holiday schedule on Thursday.

Banks: Closed Thursday

Libraries: All area libraries will be closed Thursday. The following have altered today's hours. Clearwater's main, Countryside and Beach libraries will close at 1 p.m. East and North Greenwood libraries are closed today. The Dunedin Public Library will close at 4 p.m. today. The Friends Branch will be closed today and will not reopen until Monday. Tarpon Springs Library will close at 6 p.m. today. Oldsmar Library will close at 5 p.m. today. Safety Harbor will close at 4 p.m. today. Largo Library will close at 5 p.m. today.

Garbage pickup: In Belleair, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, Largo Thursday pickup will be today. In Dunedin, Thursday pickup will be on Friday and Friday pickup will be on Saturday. In Oldsmar, Thursday pickup will be Monday.

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Jailed man, 55, admits having sex with girl, 17 12/30/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 8:48am]

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