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Pasco deputies: Man raped woman after meeting online

LAND O'LAKES — A 33-year-old man broke into the home of a woman he'd met on an Internet dating site and raped her March 20, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The 50-year-old victim told investigators she met Thomas Doshen on the site Plentyof Doshen picked the victim up at her home for their first date March 19. The date wasn't going well so she left with friends, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

While the victim was still out, at 2:30 a.m., Doshen broke into her home with the intention of stealing her television, but it was too big so he left, Doll said.

Doshen broke in again at 4:30 a.m., after the victim had gotten home and was sleeping in bed. She woke to find Doshen standing next to her bed, naked, a report states.

Doshen is accused of putting the woman in a choke hold while he fondled himself. Then Doshen allegedly molested and raped the victim, the report says.

The victim contacted authorities and she called Doshen, with investigators listening in. Doshen apologized and told the victim that "things got out of hand," the report states.

Doshen, of Tampa, was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual battery and burglary. He was released Friday from the Pasco County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

He did not immediately return a call for comment.

Doll said the Sheriff's Office has contacted "in case the suspect tries to contact any other women."

"Of course, that wouldn't prevent him from trying to register at other sites," Doll said.

Pasco deputies: Man raped woman after meeting online 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:59pm]
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