Holiday man accused of groping 15-year-old girl at mall

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Holiday man accused of groping teen girl

A Holiday man was arrested on a battery charge after authorities say he groped a 15-year-old girl on the escalator at Westfield Countryside mall.

Demosthenes Apollo Smaragdas, 21, approached the girl May 14 and grabbed her behind, "causing the victim to become fearful," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report said.

Smaragdas told deputies he grabbed the teen because he was "horny" and had not had sex in a while because his girlfriend is pregnant.

Smaragdas, of 3518 Oxford Drive, has been transferred to the Pasco County Jail, as the Pinellas arrest led to a charge of violation of probation on a previous burglary conviction. He remained in jail Wednesday without bail.

Times staff

Holiday man accused of groping 15-year-old girl at mall 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:45pm]

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