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Dade City man charged in sex abuse of teenager


Man sexually abused teenager, police say

A 40-year-old man is accused of repeatedly forcing a teenage girl to have sex with him.

Anthony Leroy Pates of Dade City was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and sexual activity with a victim under the age of 18.

The victim told authorities the abuse began when she was 14 and continued, at least twice a week, for five years. The victim said she told him no, but Pates said "if she told anyone that he would make her life a living hell," according to a report from the Dade City Police Department.

Pates admitted to the accusations, the report states.

He was being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $70,000 bail.


Inmates hid pills in undies, deputies say

Two female inmates smuggled prescription pills into the Pasco County jail inside their underwear, the Sheriff's Office said.

Nichole Long, 29, and Cindy Lee Cordon, 23, both of Port Richey, both face additional charges of introduction of contraband into a detention facility. The cases are not related.

Cordon smuggled oxycodone into the jail when she was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia, a report states. Cordon was released from prison Nov. 30 after a five-month stint for possessing controlled substances, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. She was being held in lieu of $7,300 bail.

A report did not state what type of pills Long is accused of hiding in her underpants, only describing them as "multiple white and blue pills." She is currently on felony drug offender probation for possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, and DUI.

She was arrested Thursday on a charge of violating her probation. She's being held without bail.

Dade City man charged in sex abuse of teenager 02/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 1:38pm]
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