HUDSON – Gerald W. Fletcher offered a young woman a place to stay after she had been evicted – then sexually assaulted her when she was in the shower, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said.
Fletcher, a 42-year-old felon, met the woman at a Hess gas station at State Road 52 and U.S. 41 on July 23, according to a sheriff's report. It is not known if they knew each other before that afternoon.
The 23-year-old woman later told authorities she had been thrown out of where she was living and Fletcher said she could use his shower and stay for awhile. She followed him in her car to his house at 17537 Meridian Blvd. in Hudson.
The woman said Fletcher went into the shower while she was in it and assaulted her. She managed to run into another room, but told authorities Fletcher caught her, threw her down and tried to rape her. It is unknown how she escaped the house. The woman called authorities. Her injuries were consistent with her account, the report states.
Fletcher was arrested Monday on a sexual battery charge. He was being held Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lists job as "pool repair" and he has previously been convicted of larceny, selling marijuana, removing a gravestone, hit and run with injuries and driving with a suspended or revoked license.