BROOKSVILLE — Not long after the teenage girl moved into his home, authorities say, George Hendricks forced her to regularly have sex with him. Soon, the teen became pregnant.
Then, Hendricks told the girl that if she would have sex with him at least three times a day in a certain position, it would end her pregnancy.
When that didn't work, authorities said, Hendricks took the girl to a Jacksonville health center for an abortion.
"This was absolutely disturbing and disgusting," said Sgt. Donna Black, spokeswoman for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. "Especially to take advantage of such a young child."
Hernando deputies arrested Hendricks, 41, of Brooksville, on Tuesday morning after the girl told detectives that she had been sexually abused over the course of three months. Hendricks is charged with 35 counts of capital sexual battery, according to an arrest report.
He remained in custody at the Hernando County Jail on Wednesday with no bail. Hendricks has no prior criminal record.
Deputies said the girl's ordeal began when she moved into Hendricks' home in November.
Soon after, the 6-foot-3, 248-pound man allegedly forced the teen to have sex with him. The girl told authorities that Hendricks would rape her during the day, when other children in the home were at school.
This happened at least 35 times between November and Jan. 27, according to the arrest report. It was during that period that the teen became pregnant.
Hendricks told the girl that if they had sex in a particular position, about three times a day, "it would kill the baby" so she wouldn't need an abortion, the report said.
When that didn't work, Hendricks took the girl to Jacksonville on Jan. 31 without the knowledge of the girl's mother, authorities said. He signed the girl into a women's health center there, and she had the pregnancy aborted.
According to the report, Hendricks returned to Brooksville, without the girl, and told the child's mother and the state Department of Children and Families that the teen had run away. He also lied about the girl's whereabouts to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 10.
A day later, Hendricks picked up three of his children and set out for Jacksonville. He told an unidentified woman that he was going to pick up the girl in Jacksonville and leave the state.
Hendricks was arrested in Jacksonville while trying to meet the woman and pick up the teen. He had been sought by Hernando authorities on a warrant for interfering with child custody.
During a taped interview in Hernando on Tuesday, Hendricks admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl and getting her pregnant. He also told detectives that he was in love with the teen and that they had a boyfriend-girlfriend type of relationship.
The girl was returned to the custody of her mother, while Hendricks' three children were placed in the custody of DCF.
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