Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Hernando man accused of molesting three girls

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's deputies have accused a 38-year-old Weeki Wachee man of molesting three young girls and exposing himself to one of them.

Between March 5 and June 4, deputies say, Paul Silva inappropriately touched the girls, all of whom are under 12. He is also accused of exposing his penis to one of them and asking her to touch it.

On June 6, the Sheriff's Office conducted interviews with the victims at the Nature Coast Child Advocacy Center. One of the girls said that Silva touched her on three or more occasions outside of her clothing while swimming in the family pool. He also touched her on other occasions, including while watching a movie at his house.

Another girl told authorities that Silva had touched her inappropriately during movies. A third girl said Silva touched her inappropriately, exposed himself to her and asked him to touch his penis. She said she didn't touch him and that Silva told her to never tell anyone.

On Wednesday, authorities interviewed Silva. Silva asked for legal representation and the interview ended. He was then arrested and taken to the Hernando County Detention Center.

He faces three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition. He was being held Thursday on $60,000 bail.

Danny Valentine can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

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