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Clearwater official back to work after prosecutors drop molestation charge

CLEARWATER — Prosecutors citing a lack of evidence will not pursue a charge of molestation against city cash and investments manager Steve Moskun.

Moskun, 54, was accused of touching a 12-year-old girl in May during his daughter's Girl Scout trip to WonderWorks, an Orlando amusement park, Orange County detectives said.

The State Attorney's Office in Orlando, where Moskun was extradited after his arrest by Pinellas deputies last month, declined to prosecute him last week, spokeswoman Danielle Tavernier said.

City Manager Bill Horne decided Tuesday that Moskun could return to work, helping manage nearly a billion dollars in the city's invested operating funds and employee pensions. On Tuesday morning, Moskun was meeting with Finance Director Jay Ravins "to get him focused on his work," Horne wrote in an e-mail to the City Council.

Hired in 1994, Moskun was suspended last month and had been using his vacation time to continue receiving pay. He earns about $73,000 a year.

Moskun's attorney, Curtis Crider, said Moskun felt vindicated, but that some damage had already been done. Moskun paid $5,000 in unrecoverable bail-bonds fees and lost weeks of employment after his arrest.

Contact Drew Harwell at [email protected] or (727) 445-4170.

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