Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Valrico man accused of sexually battering two girls, detectives say

BRANDON — A Valrico man faces charges he sexually battered two girls when they were 14 and 15 and he was 25, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Some encounters took place in a family restroom area at the Brandon shopping mall, deputies said.

Timothy Tuttle, now 27, was arrested Friday in connection with 38 crimes involving the two girls that took place in 2016, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incidents came to light in January during an unrelated investigation.

In both instances, the juveniles initiated contact with Tuttle through social media, the Sheriff’s Office said. He requested, received and transmitted inappropriate photographs of them via the Facebook Messenger service, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives also found photos of other females transmitted to Tuttle but said they have not identified who they are or their ages.

From Aug. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016, deputies said Tuttle sexually battered one girl in the family restroom area of the mall, now called Westfield Brandon, using a privacy room that had a curtain for a door. While investigating the first victim, detectives said they learned of the second one.

Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, Tuttle used Facebook Messenger to coordinate encounters with the girl at his home and hers, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tuttle, whose occupation was listed as a stocker at Walmart, faces 30 counts of lewd or lascivious battery, five counts of use computer services or devices to solicit and three counts of transmission of harmful material to a minor. He was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $257,500 bail.

Anyone with information about the crimes may call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200 and via smart phone using the HCSOSheriff application.

To be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay toll-free 1-800-873-8477 or send an anonymous tip to crimestopperstb.com or through the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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