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Clearwater man charged with sexually battering multiple children

William Roberts, 42, is charged with molesting young boys.

William Roberts, 42, is charged with molesting young boys.

CLEARWATER — A trucker from Clearwater was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually battering four boys under the age of 12, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

William Eugene Roberts, 42, was being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail. Arrest records indicate that he is a Clearwater resident and has previously lived in Largo and St. Petersburg.

Roberts was charged with three counts of felony sexual battery based on allegations that he forcibly performed various sex acts with young boys, according to arrest affidavits. He was also charged with lewd and lascivious molestation for fondling a fourth boy. Roberts personally knew his victims, the Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives said one victim disclosed to his mother that Roberts had sexually battered him between the ages of 6 and 16 and that other boys might similarly have been victimized.

The woman spoke to other children who said they had also been sexually battered. She reported the allegations to the Sheriff's Office a week ago.

Detectives were able to identify four victims who they believe were sexually battered or molested by Roberts. The victims' identities and the identity of the reporting victim's mother were not disclosed because of the nature of the allegations.

Roberts has previously been arrested on charges including theft, writing bad checks and failure to pay child support, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show.

No further information was available.

Clearwater man charged with sexually battering multiple children 02/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 9:57pm]
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