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Deputies: Safety Harbor man turns himself in over molestation

SAFETY HARBOR — A 55-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday after he went to authorities and admitted he had been molesting a child for several years.

Richard Lawrence MacMillan went to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office North District Station in Dunedin on Monday night and told investigators about the molestation. Deputies said it appeared MacMillan turned himself in because he wanted to "get it off his chest," according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

He was charged with two counts of sexual battery.

According to the Sheriff's Office, MacMillan originally reported that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old. During an interview, MacMillan told deputies the molestation began when the victim was about 10 years old and had continued as recently as March. MacMillan had prepared an apology letter to the victim, deputies said.

MacMillan, who gave authorities an address on Bishop Creek Drive, was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday.

State statute prohibits revealing the identity of victims in sexual battery cases. Deputies did not say how the victim came into contact with MacMillan.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Deputies: Safety Harbor man turns himself in over molestation 12/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7:45pm]

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