Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: New Port Richey woman sent girl to stay with man she knew molested her

NEW PORT RICHEY — When deputies executed a search warrant at the home of a man accused of having 337 images of child pornography, they found him still lying in bed. Beside him, a 5-year-old girl slept.

Detectives called the girl's caregiver, Crystal Lynn Hodgson, 26, who told them she brought the girl to stay with Clarence Dingler last year. Between March and April, reports state the girl said, Dingler sexually molested her. An 11-year-old boy was also found in the home, though detectives do not suspect he was abused.

According to reports, Hodgson told deputies she knew about the molestation last year and that Dingler was a registered sex offender. She didn't tell authorities because her boyfriend, Gary Horsley, had a warrant out for his arrest on unrelated charges. She didn't want to draw attention from deputies.

Hodgson knows Dingler's brother, who also lives at the home, 6511 Santee Court. On Tuesday, the report states Dingler told deputies, Hodgson sent the girl to stay at the home. That deputies happened to be executing a search warrant the next morning was coincidence, said sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

Dingler was arrested on five counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and 10 counts of possession of child pornography. After the investigation, he had an added charge of lewd and lascivious molestation. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $160,000 bail.

Hodgson, of 9345 Loras St., was charged with child neglect, failing to report child abuse and marijuana possession after, reports state, deputies found a bag of marijuana on her during a search on scene. She has since been released from jail on $10,150 bail.

Detectives went to question Horsley at the Bradford County jail, where he is being held on unrelated fraud charges. He was to be released March 26. Snow said Horsley indicated he, too, knew about the molestation and is expected to face charges similar to Hodgson's in Pasco County.

The children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Comments
Deputies: Florida man on LSD knocks out teen girl at RaceTrac while her parent pumps gas

Deputies: Florida man on LSD knocks out teen girl at RaceTrac while her parent pumps gas

ST. PETERSBURG — A man punched a 13-year-old girl inside a RaceTrac convenience store Saturday, knocking her unconscious as her parent pumped gas outside, Pinellas deputies reported.Kolbe Wayne Smith, 27, of St. Petersburg now faces charges of aggrav...
Updated: 5 hours ago
4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapo...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Tampa Police investigating fatal hit-and-run on Selmon Expressway

Tampa Police investigating fatal hit-and-run on Selmon Expressway

TAMPA — Police say a person is dead after a hit-and-run crash Sunday on the Selmon Expressway.Someone called authorities about 10 a.m., reporting a person on the entrance ramp to the highway near the intersection of W Cleveland Street and S Willow Av...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Teen killed in crash remembered as

Teen killed in crash remembered as "always smiling and laughing"

WEEKI WACHEE — Seth Leathers was on his way to play basketball at his church when he was killed Wednesday in a car crash on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill, according to family friend Laurie Pike.Leathers, 16, was the passenger in a car driven by his friend G...
Published: 04/22/18
New Port Richey doctor dies in single-car crash on SR 580

New Port Richey doctor dies in single-car crash on SR 580

A 49-year-old doctor died early Saturday in a single-car crash on State Road 580.Kristin Carlin, of New Port Richey, was driving in the eastbound lanes of SR 580 shortly before 6 a.m. when she failed to round a curve and veered off the road near Char...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Man with multiple gun arrests now accused of fatally shooting Durant High football player

Man with multiple gun arrests now accused of fatally shooting Durant High football player

The first time deputies arrested Samuel Morrissey Jr., he faced charges of possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed firearm. He plead no contest in September, and the judge gave him a break by withholding adjudication. Ten days later, the 20-...
Published: 04/21/18
Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Deputies arrested a man they said tackled a woman in February and removed her shorts before fleeing.Robert Mark Hembree Jr., 31, was arrested late Friday. He faces charges of sexual battery and petit theft.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Detectives seek man who a...
Published: 04/21/18
Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

A Pasco County man was struck and killed in an apparent hit-and-run early Saturday, police said.Thomas Michael Burdeshaw, 53, who lived on Sundance Drive in Dade City, was hit about 1:45 a.m. on the 36000 block of Blanton Road, police said.Witnesses ...
Published: 04/21/18
Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

CLEARWATER — Police are looking for a person who shot and killed a man late Friday at the Melrose on the Bay apartments on Bolesta Road. Ricardo Guzman, 32, called 911 just before midnight and told the operator he had been shot, said Lt. Randall Chan...
Published: 04/21/18
Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

TAMPA — A motorcyclist driving north on Memorial Highway died after he crashed into a guard rail late Friday, police said."The man failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a guard rail," said Lt. Brett Owen. "No other vehicle was involved i...
Published: 04/21/18