Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Gulfport man charged with third sexual assault in 2011 attacks

ST. PETERSBURG — A 28-year-old Gulfport man who already faces two counts of sexual battery in connection with attacks on young women in 2011 was charged Wednesday with a third sexual assault.

John Charles Ross Andrews II was arrested on a third count of sexual battery on Wednesday at his home at 6211 13th Ave. S, according to St. Petersburg police.

All three alleged attacks took place over two months in fall 2011. Andrews was first arrested on Nov. 4 on a sexual battery charge, then was hit with a second count while he was in jail. He was released Friday after posting $41,000 bail.

But he was back in jail on Wednesday, this time held without bail.

According to police, DNA tests came back linking Andrews to a Sept. 20 attack. A 15-year-old girl was riding her skateboard under the interstate overpass between 34th Street and 31st Street S, police said, when a man grabbed her, assaulted her and then freed her.

The first attack took place on Sept. 4. Police said a 16-year-old runaway said a man offered to help her find shelter, then led her into some woods and assaulted her.

Then on Nov. 4, a 19-year-old said she was walking home before dawn from the Walmart Supercenter at 3501 34th St. S when a man followed her on his bike, then assaulted her in bushes near 38th Avenue S and 38th Street. Andrews was arrested later that day, and police started linking all three attacks.

Andrews has already pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual battery, one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer without violence, according to court records.

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