Clearwater man, 56, charged with sexual battery of 17-year-old, cocaine possession

A mug shot of David A. West provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. West, 56 of Clearwater, faces charges of sexual battery and cocaine possession. [Courtesy Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
A mug shot of David A. West provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. West, 56 of Clearwater, faces charges of sexual battery and cocaine possession. [Courtesy Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published February 11 2018
Updated February 11 2018

CLEARWATER — A 56-year-old auto detailer faces felony charges of sexual battery and cocaine possession after he forced a potential customer, 17, into sexual contact, deputies said.

David A. West, 56 of Clearwater, works at the D&D Auto Center on the 1700 block of Overbrook Avenue and lives at the same address, according to Sgt. Spencer Gross, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

A few months ago, a 17-year-old boy met West when he looked into buying a used car, the agency reported.

Then on Saturday, deputies said, West called the teenager, picked him up and drove him to West’s home.

There, West told him to take off his clothes and sexually battered him, according to the agency.

Deputies arrested the Clearwater man about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. At the Sheriff’s Office North District Station in Dunedin, detectives found a bag of powder in West’s pocket, and the man admitted it was cocaine, the agency reported. He was convicted in 2015 of possession of hydrocodone.

West was booked into Pinellas County Jail and is being held on $52,000 bond.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or ltaylor@tampabay.com. Follow @langstonitaylor.

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