Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough man accused of sexually abusing two children

TAMPA — A Thonotosassa man was arrested Sunday on multiple sex crime charges after a boy and a girl told deputies he had molested them years ago.

Eugene James McMinn, 44, was arrested on warrants charging him with two counts each of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation.

Between 2005 and 2008, McMinn repeatedly performed sex acts on a boy and a girl who were ages 9 and 5 respectively when the abuse began, according to deputies. The children knew McMinn but were not related to him, authorities said.

The children recently told an adult about the abuse, leading to the charges.

McMinn previously faced similar charges. In 2008, he was arrested on multiple counts of lewd or lascivious battery, which stemmed from multiple incidents in 2004 and 2005 involving victims between ages 12 and 16, according to court records. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of simple battery and was sentenced to time served, court records show.

Records also show he has served several terms in prison for convictions that include burglary, armed robbery and leaving the scene of an accident. He was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.

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