DUNEDIN — A Texas man is facing sexual battery charges after a Pinellas Sheriff's Office investigation found that he molested a 13-year-old mentally disabled girl more than a year ago, deputies said.
Christian Egan, 40, admitted to detectives that he committed sex acts with the girl on three occasions, sheriff's officials said.
Egan, who lives in Helotes, Texas, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on three counts of sexual battery on a mentally disabled person. He voluntarily came to the sheriff's office for an interview with detectives while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving in Dunedin, where he used to live and where officials said the crime took place.
The allegations came to light after the girl, who is now 14 and lives in Michigan, told friends at her school that Egan had committed sex acts with her while she was visiting Pinellas County in late August and early September of 2011, authorities said.
One of the girl's friends told a school counselor, who told police, who began an investigation.
Michigan police contacted the Pinellas detectives, who determined that the acts took place between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 2011, officials said.
Egan was booked Wednesday in the Pinellas County Jail and held without bail.