BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man and his grandson have been arrested and accused of performing sex acts on a 5-year-old girl who was in their care, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Gerald Lee Worley, 64, and Joshua Worley, 17, both face charges of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12. They were arrested Thursday at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office after an investigation by detectives.
Gerald Worley was being held without bail at the Hernando County Jail, while Joshua Worley was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ocala.
Detectives started the investigation after the girl told a relative about the acts, Hernando sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Black said Monday. The Worleys were friends of the child's family.
Gerald Worley is accused of performing a sex act on the girl multiple times while she was at his mobile home at 13223 Star Road, just northwest of Brooksville. The girl was left at the home on several occasions from Dec. 10 to Feb. 28, and was in the living room watching television when Worley committed the acts, the Sheriff's Office said.
Joshua Worley performed multiple sex acts on the girl from Dec. 10 to March 2, when she was in his room at the mobile home playing video games, the Sheriff's Office said.
The girl identified both Worleys by name during interviews with the county's child protection team. Gerald Worley and his grandson later admitted to the crimes during the investigation, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Both Worleys have prior arrests: Gerald Worley was charged with shoplifting and disturbing the peace in Hernando County in December 1979, while Joshua Worley still faces battery charges in Hernando in an unrelated March 3 incident.
A phone number listed for Gerald Worley had been disconnected as of Friday morning. Later, no one answered a knock on the front door of Worley's two-bedroom mobile home that sits on a cluttered 1.2-acre plot about a mile from Central High School.
The front yard was ringed by a fence with four "no trespassing" signs and a "beware of dog" sign on the gate, which was slightly opened to the driveway. The yard was littered with trash, including a mattress, a filing cabinet and toys for a small child.
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