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Army recruiter charged with raping teen girl

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a 27-year-old Army recruiter Tuesday, accusing him of raping a teen girl he met this summer. Staff Sgt. Jason M. Reffner was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of sexual battery and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. His victim is a 17-year-old girl, police said, who met Reffner on June 5, when she went to a recruiting office at 910 58th St. N. After exchanging Facebook messages, the two met at Reffner's apartment, where they had consensual sex, the girl told police. But when she objected to a sex act, Reffner continued, police said. He was taken into custody Tuesday morning at a north St. Petersburg office used by the military. Ron Horvath, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, said for the moment, the military is deferring to local authorities, but will remove Reffner from his recruiting post. Reffner was released from the Pinellas County Jail late Tuesday on $40,000 bail, records show.

Army recruiter charged with raping teen girl 08/27/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:23pm]

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