In jail on child porn charges, St. Petersburg man now accused of sexually battering two boys

ST. PETERSBURG — A 45-year-old St. Petersburg man arrested in February on child porn charges is now accused of sexually battering two young boys over a period of several years, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

William McArthur Myers faces two charges of capital sexual battery. He has been in the Pinellas County Jail since Feb. 8 after the FBI arrested him on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Deputies said Myers abused the two unidentified boys between 2003 and 2009. One of the victims, now 13, was abused multiple times from age 5 to 11; the other victim, now 12, was abused once at age 8, authorities said.

Deputies said Myers knew both of the boys, who knew each other.

The Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit began investigating allegations raised against Myers on Feb. 23 after the 13-year-old boy told a friend about the incidents. The friend told an adult, who then told authorities.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect had been arrested by the FBI on child porn charges.

Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding potential victims contact Detective Peter Doyle of the Crimes Against Children Unit at (727) 582-6200.

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In jail on child porn charges, St. Petersburg man now accused of sexually battering two boys 03/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 1:53pm]

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