Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Homeless Pasco man accused of fondling 12-year-old girl

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man accused of fondling girl, 12

A 42-year-old man was arrested on charges of fondling a 12-year-old girl while staying at her family's house.

The incident happened in May 2012, authorities said. Don Wenick Hughes "told the victim he needed to teach her what boys and men will do to her," then fondled her and exposed himself, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The girl came forward months later, and the incident was reported to authorities Dec. 17.

Detectives found Hughes, who is homeless, on Friday during a traffic stop. A search revealed a small bag of marijuana under Hughes' hat, the report said.

En route to the jail, the deputy wrote in the report, Hughes "made the statement he would shoot me with a Desert Eagle (.45 caliber hand gun) and an AK (assault rifle) and would be ready for me and my hand gun with a military grade bullet resistant vest he had access to."

Hughes also made threats against the deputy's wife and children, the report states. He was booked into the Land O'Lakes jail on charges of sexual battery, possession of marijuana and threats to a public official. He remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of $11,100 bail.

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