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Pasco man accused of beating 3-year-old girl with belt

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man hit girl, 3, with belt, authorities say

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old man after they say he used a belt to beat a 3-year-old girl when she couldn't spell her own name.

The girl and two siblings, ages 6 and 8, were in the care of Timothy Lee Rogers on Saturday afternoon when the beating happened at Rogers' home, 36243 Lake Chase Blvd., according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports.

The 8-year-old brother told deputies he heard Rogers yelling at the girl, whose name was not released, and then heard slapping and screaming, the reports say. On Sunday, the girl's mother showed deputies bruises and welts on the back of the child's legs, the reports say.

Questioned by deputies, Rogers said he was teaching the girl how to spell her name but "denied physically disciplining the victim at any point," the reports say.

Rogers was arrested about 1 a.m. Monday on a charge of child abuse. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

TALLAHASSEE

State wants Lafave to stay on probation

Florida's Office of the Attorney General wants Debra Lafave to remain on probation.

Last week, Lafave asked the Florida Supreme Court to take her off probation until the court decides whether it will hear her case or until it makes a final ruling. The state filed its response Monday, saying that the probation will not do "irreparable harm" to Lafave.

Lafave, a former Greco Middle School teacher, made national headlines for having sex with a 14-year-old boy in 2004. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and in 2005 was sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years of probation.

Her probation was terminated in 2011 in a controversial act by a now-retired judge. In August, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered her probation reinstated.

TAMPA

Motorcyclist in fatal crash is identified

A Clearwater man has been identified as the motorcyclist killed after crashing Sunday afternoon in South Tampa.

Anthony Francis Santoro, 23, was traveling near S West Shore and Bay to Bay boulevards at 3:43 p.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle hit a curb and slammed into a stop sign, Tampa police said. Santoro was thrown off, they said.

Times staff

Pasco man accused of beating 3-year-old girl with belt 12/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:16am]

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