Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring Hill man agrees to deal, sentenced to prison on sex charges

Daniel William Hoover will spend more than 25 years in prison on child sex charges.

Daniel William Hoover will spend more than 25 years in prison on child sex charges.

BROOKSVILLE — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man accused of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 12 has pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual battery, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation, and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly.

Daniel William Hoover, who was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence had he been convicted at trial, reached the plea agreement with the State Attorney's Office. Daly said the agreement spares the child from the trauma of testifying.

"We were 100 percent prepared to take it to trial and get him that mandatory life sentence, but the family was in agreement that they did not want that child to go through that," Daly said.

Originally charged with sexual battery, Hoover was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for the four counts of attempted sexual battery, which are first-degree felonies; a minimum mandatory 25-year sentence for lewd and lascivious molestation; and 15 years on the exhibition charge.

Daly said he will be required to spend more than 25 years in prison. If released, he will be on sex offender probation for the remainder of his life and will be labeled a sexual predator.

Hoover was arrested in December 2013. Authorities said he knew the girl.

Contact Danny Valentine at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. Follow @HernandoTimes.

Spring Hill man agrees to deal, sentenced to prison on sex charges 08/22/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2014 7:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Who's behind the mysterious butt graffiti all over St. Petersburg?

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first butts, perhaps, appeared in April on some steps behind the Sundial shopping plaza.

    A photo of the butt graffiti that has been cropping up around St. Petersburg in the past several months. [CHRISTOPHER SPATA | STAFF]
  2. During the most expensive mayoral election ever, St. Petersburg City Council wants to limit PAC money

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — In front of a large group of red-shirted campaign finance reform supporters, the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday started the ball rolling on an ordinance that would limit individual campaign contributions to $5,000 from political action committees.

    A large crowd gathered Thursday to support passage of a controversial measure to limit campaign spending in city elections
  3. Minority business accelerator launch by Tampa chamber to aid black, Hispanic businesses

    Business

    A "minority business accelerator" program was launched Thursday by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce geared toward helping black and Hispanic business owners identify and overcome barriers to grow their companies. The accelerator, known as MBA, will provide participants with business tools to cultivate opportunities …

    Bemetra Simmons is a senior private banker at Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. She is also chair of the new minority business accelerator program for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. [Photo, LinkedIn]
  4. Peter Budaj loves 'vibe' with Lightning

    Blogs

    Two years ago, nobody was willing to give Peter Budaj a shot, the veteran goalie wondering if he'd ever play in the NHL again.

    Peter Budaj signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year.
  5. A test the Rays haven't passed

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — I have no idea what to think about the Rays. Not a clue.

    Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate their 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.