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Clearwater man charged with sexual abuse of 8-year-old girl

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Deputies arrested a Clearwater man who they say sexually abused an 8-year-old girl, and charged his wife with child neglect because they believe she knew about the abuse.

James P. Millard, 29, was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of sexual battery on a child younger than 12. His wife, Jennifer Millard, 31, was charged with one count of child neglect.

Authorities said James Millard admitted to sexually abusing the girl at least twice during the past two years. When deputies spoke with his wife, she admitted to knowing about the abuse and failing to protect the girl, deputies said.

Both were taken to the Pinellas County Jail. James Millard was held on $200,000 bail. His wife was held on $5,000.

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