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Pasco briefs: Man, 37, accused of sexually abusing teen

WESLEY CHAPEL

Man, 37, accused of sexually abusing teen

A 37-year-old man was charged with involuntary sexual battery after Pasco authorities say he sexually abused a 17-year-old girl.

According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, James Holton Miley, of 22627 Dayflower Blvd., abused the girl from August until April 15.

The victim, now 18, told authorities that Miley fondled her, masturbated in front of her and performed oral sex on her. The abuse occurred every week or two during the eight-month span, authorities said.

A witness told authorities that Miley said "something" happened between himself and the girl. Miley was arrested on Monday and is being held without bond at the Land O'Lakes jail.

HUDSON

Report: Man touched girl inappropriately

A 44-year-old New Port Richey man was charged Monday with lewd and lascivious conduct after authorities say he touched a 10-year-old girl inappropriately.

According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Richard J. Welch, of 12030 Tasha Court, rubbed the girl's leg three times from her ankle to her buttocks.

During an interview with a deputy, the victim, whose name was withheld due to the nature of the charges, said she was in the kitchen with Welch about 5 p.m. April 12 when she said she wanted to get her belly button pierced. Welch asked the girl to show him her belly button, the report said.

The girl said "No, I'm wearing a dress," the report said, and Welch replied, "It's okay. I won't tell anyone if you show me." The girl said she felt "creepy" and went to a bedroom where a 12-year-old was playing video games.

While the girl lay on her bed, Welch came in and said, "I bet your legs are soft. Do you shave?" Then Welch touched her three times, the report said. Welch admitted to authorities that he touched the girl. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Detectives seek tips in attempted car jacking

Authorities are searching for a man and a woman who threatened to shoot a 26-year-old woman who gave them a ride, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

About 9:30 a.m. Friday, Beth Williams of Port Richey was headed northbound on Washington Street near Massachusetts Avenue in a 2000 Chrysler Sebring, the report said. Williams said she was approached by a couple who asked her if they could hitch a ride to a methadone clinic.

The woman got into the back seat, and the man got into the passenger seat, the report said. As Williams headed north on Washington Street, the man pulled a gun out of his waist band, pointed it at her head and told Williams to take him to her house, the report said.

When Williams got in front of 7720 Washington St., she stopped and got out of the car, yelling, "Help me, he has a gun." Both suspects left the scene.

Williams said the man is white male in his early 20s who wore a yellow shirt, jean shorts and had blond hair. The woman was white, with olive-colored skin, black curly hair and blond streaks. She wore a black shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office tips line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488.

Pasco briefs: Man, 37, accused of sexually abusing teen 04/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:49pm]

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