Largo man, 19, charged with having sexual contact with 14-year-old

LARGO — Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old man they say had sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.

Zachary Tarver, of 8927 Fairweather Drive, was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery.

Tarver had a sexual encounter with the girl at about 11:35 a.m. Wednesday at his home, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives say Tarver and the girl met recently at Astro's Gate Roller Skating Rink. The two began texting each other, and hatched a plan to have the girl skip school Wednesday.

But when the girl's friends found out about the plan, they alerted a school resource officer. Patrol deputies got to the suspect's house at about 1:30 p.m. and found Tarver and the girl inside.

They admitted to engaging in sexual activity, authorities said.

Tarver remained in the Pinellas County Jail Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Largo man, 19, charged with having sexual contact with 14-year-old 03/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:13pm]

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