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Port Richey man accused of lewd pursuit of girl, 13

PORT RICHEY — The girl told authorities that Joel Hernandez was persistent.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Hernandez showed her pornography, exposed himself to her, touched her sexually and sent her text messages promising "it won't hurt" and "I won't get you pregnant."

But the advances were unwelcome — and directed toward a 13-year-old girl, authorities said.

Hernandez, 30, was arrested Wednesday on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd and lascivious battery.

He told deputies that he never touched the girl or exposed himself, although he admitted sending the text messages, the sheriff's report said. He said he knew it was wrong and he should never have tried to "get in her space," the report said.

Hernandez, of 7040 Fox Hollow Drive, remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday on $20,000 bail.

Port Richey man accused of lewd pursuit of girl, 13 07/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 2:47pm]

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