Friday, November 17, 2017
Public safety

Party promoter charged in sex assault of teen

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A St. Petersburg man who promoted teen parties was arrested Wednesday and charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a girl under 16, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said Leonard Bame, 32, sexually assaulted the girl last month at his residence at 6864 38th Ave. N.

He was held at the Pinellas County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Bame worked as a teen party promoter for events often held at Cafe Charlie in Clearwater. He would sometimes pick up underage children directly from high school to help with the promotions and take them to various locations, authorities said. Because of his frequent contact with children, and also from interviews in the investigation, deputies think Bame might have more victims.

The Sheriff's Office asked that anyone with information on this case or others call its Crimes Against Children Unit, or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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