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Citrus County man held on 40 counts of child molestation

Man held on 40 counts of molesting children

FLORAL CITY — A 66-year-old Citrus County man was arrested Tuesday on 40 counts of molesting two children at a Hernando County residence.

Thomas Andrew Ellis, of 11705 S Pleasant Grove Road, is accused of molesting two girls under age 10 more than 20 times each between 1994 and 1999, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

During a taped telephone call between Ellis and one of the victims on Tuesday, Ellis' comments corroborated the two victims' accusations, the report states.

The victims, who are now ages 20 and 18, alleged that Ellis rubbed their genitals and forced them to rub his.

The molestations occurred more than 20 times each during the five year period, the victims said.

Ellis was booked into the Citrus County jail and was held without bail.

He faces 40 counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child less than 12 by a defendant 18 years or older.

Man reported missing found safe in Broward

SPRING HILL — An 87-year old man missing from his home in The Heather subdivision Tuesday was found safe in Broward County late Tuesday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Alex James George was found with his car, which was out of gas on a highway near Fort Lauderdale, a report said. George, who has a history of Alzheimer's disease, was in good condition, the report stated.

A Silver Alert had been issued for George after his wife returned home from work and found him and his car missing.

Times staff

Citrus County man held on 40 counts of child molestation 12/23/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 7:09pm]

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