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Floral City man accused of sexual battery on a child

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Floral City man on three counts of sexual battery on a child.

Daniel Lee Lehman, 43, has been accused of performing sex acts on a 7-year-old girl who was in his care in 2000, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. According to the arrest report, Lehman once was a border at the girl's home in Hernando County.

On at least three occasions, authorities said, Lehman performed sex acts on the girl at the house.

The girl, who is now 15 and no longer lives in Hernando, recently told family members about the alleged crimes and reported them to the Sheriff's Office in March. She later identified Lehman by name to Hernando detectives, and at least one incident was reportedly witnessed by her sibling.

Lehman was arrested Thursday and remains at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $750,000 in bail.

Lehman, who was born in Brooksville but lived for a time in Texas, has been arrested at least once before in Hernando: he was charged with three counts of cruelty toward a child in August 1996 but the case was later dismissed.

A woman who identified herself as Lehman's mother answered the phone at his Floral City home Friday afternoon and said she knew little about the arrest.

"I don't really want to go into all of that," the woman said. "I'm in the dark about a lot of this just like everyone else."

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or 754-6120.

Floral City man accused of sexual battery on a child 06/27/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 1:38pm]
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