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Former Pinellas County Sheriff's sergeant accused of molesting girl decades ago

SEMINOLE — Authorities have arrested a former Pinellas County Sheriff's Office sergeant they say molested a girl more than 30 years ago.

Phillip Howe, 64, was arrested on a charge of sexual battery Thursday afternoon at Freedom Square senior living facility in Seminole, where he works as a driver.

Howe allegedly molested the girl between 30 and 35 years ago when she was 5 to 10 years old, sheriff's officials said.

The woman is now 42. She reported the crime about two weeks ago, officials said.

"Detectives began their investigation, and through interviews were able to corroborate the information that was provided by the victim," sheriff's officials wrote in a news release.

Howe worked at the Sheriff's Office from 1969 to 1994 when he retired as a sergeant.

He worked in several departments at the agency, including patrol, property crimes and crimes against children, the division that investigates child molestation cases.

He remained in the Pinellas County Jail without bail Thursday night.

Former Pinellas County Sheriff's sergeant accused of molesting girl decades ago 08/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 12:19am]
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