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Pinellas Park man accused of raping young girl at knifepoint

PINELLAS PARK — Police arrested a man they said raped a young girl in a violent attack over the weekend.

Zachary Thomas Hulsey, 20, of Pinellas Park, was arrested Sunday on charges of sexual battery and aggravated assault.

His victim, police said, is under the age of 12. Her relationship to Hulsey is not being released in order to protect her identity.

Pinellas Park police Capt. Sanfield Forseth said Hulsey admitted to having sex with the girl at about 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in Pinellas County.

"During the attack, he held a knife against the victim's throat," Forseth said.

An arrest affidavit said Hulsey knew of the girl's young age but that he told officers he "pretended she was older." The report also described the knife as a sickle-shaped knife with a rusty gray blade.

Records show Hulsey also faces a charge of domestic battery. Forseth said that charge stems from an incident the same night, but that the victim is an adult female. No other information was available, he said.

Hulsey remained in the Pinellas County Jail without bail on Monday.

Pinellas Park man accused of raping young girl at knifepoint 10/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 2:46pm]
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