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Land O'Lakes man, 44, charged with rape of 10-year-old girl

LAND O'LAKES — A 44-year-old ex-convict was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a 10-year-old girl and molesting her several times.

Danny Ray Cash "covered her mouth with his hand during the incidents and told her not to say anything to anybody 'or else,' " according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Cash, of Land O'Lakes, was charged with capital sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim younger than 12.

A medical exam of the girl confirmed her allegations of rape, a report states. The abuse happened in December in Land O'Lakes, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office did not disclose the relationship between the girl and Cash due to the nature of the alleged crime. The victim told investigators she begged Cash to stop, the report states.

Cash has served two stints in prison — totalling nearly five and a half years — for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, cocaine possession, failing to appear in court and possession of forged notes.

He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $110,000 bail.

Land O'Lakes man, 44, charged with rape of 10-year-old girl 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:26pm]
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