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Brandon man charged with sexual battery, accused of molesting girl over 8-year period

BRANDON — Authorities arrested a Brandon man on sexual battery charges early Friday, accusing him of molesting a young girl over an eight-year period.

Hillsborough deputies also believe Gustavo Ruiz, 37, has either produced or possessed child pornography. On Friday, they seized a computer, cell phones, laptops, USB flash drives and cameras from the house where he was staying.

It is possible the girl was a victim in those photos, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies began their investigation after the child confided to her mother about what had happened. At about 7 a.m. Friday, detectives executed a search warrant on the house on Holly Tree Lane where Ruiz lived.

Ruiz was not home at the time, but deputies soon found him heading south on John Moore Road, near Wild Oak Drive.

He was arrested and booked in the Orient Road Jail on two counts of sexual battery, both felonies. He remained in jail Friday without bond.

Ruiz lists his employer as Bright House Networks. This is his first arrest in Hillsborough County, according to jail records.

Hillsborough detectives continue to investigate and plan to search the seized electronic equipment.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433.

Brandon man charged with sexual battery, accused of molesting girl over 8-year period 12/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 2:46pm]
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