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Pastor of Dade City church accused of fondling girl

BROOKSVILLE

Church Pastor is accused of fondling girl

A Brooksville resident and area church pastor was arrested Wednesday, accused of touching a girl between the ages of 12 and 16 in a lewd and lascivious manner, a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report said. Jason Allen Roberts, 36, pastor of Christian Fellowship Church in Dade City, was charged with a felony, according to the report. Authorities interviewed the girl in January after she disclosed an incident to her boyfriend. During the interview, she said that in 2006 Roberts fondled her, authorities said. The report said Roberts admitted the act to his wife, to other family members and to members of his church, all of whom authorities interviewed. No one answered at the phone number listed for the church Wednesday.

Dance is for dads and daughters

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department is selling tickets to the annual Father/Daughter Dance, which will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 5 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event will include music, snacks and drinks. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras. Tickets are $15 each and must be bought in advance. Registration forms are available at the recreation office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., or online at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec. Payment must be made by check, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa); no cash will be accepted. Call (352) 754-4031.

Check out Early Education Tour

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties has partnered with the ELC of Lake County to bring the Early Education Tour 2011 here. The tour will make a stop at 3 p.m. today at Eden Christian School, 22308 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Call (727) 233-8291.

SPRING HILL

Blood bank has emergency need

LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an emergency need for all blood types in Hernando County. A blood drive with the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Breakfast Club, 148 Mariner Blvd. All blood donors will receive a free breakfast from the restaurant, plus a complimentary cholesterol screening and a gift of recognition. Donors must be 16 or older (those 16 must have written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. Call (352) 596-2002.

Today's picks

Credit management class: 10 a.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433 or (352) 540-6391.

Library to show 'Eat Pray Love': 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Rated PG-13. Free. (352) 540-6391.

Hernando deaths

Local and regional obituaries are in the Tampa Bay section.

Pastor of Dade City church accused of fondling girl 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:01pm]
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