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Registered predator faces fourth molestation charge

HUDSON — Frank Guzman's first arrest for lewd and lascivious fondling of a child came in 1986.

The second came in 1996.

The third came in 1997.

He was convicted in each case.

The 51-year-old car mechanic is registered as a sexual predator. Thursday, he returned to the Land O'Lakes jail on new charges of lewd and lascivious molestation.

He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

The latest allegations stem from a July 19 incident in Hudson involving two girls, ages 10 and 12, a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The girls' relationship to Guzman, of 10723 Tami Trail, was not disclosed because of the nature of the charges.

Thursday marked Guzman's 13th arrest in Florida. His first arrest came in 1984, at age 26, for burglary in Pasco County. He was convicted and got two years of probation.

Guzman's first sex offense came two years later. He was convicted and, again, got two years of probation.

He was arrested in 1996 and spent two months in jail for fondling a child. He was arrested for the same charge the next year and was convicted. He spent more than five years in prison.

Guzman's other arrests have included charges of prowling, reckless driving, theft, aggravated assault with a weapon and battery on a police officer.

He is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation for the latest allegations. Guzman remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $110,000 bail.

Registered predator faces fourth molestation charge 07/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 24, 2009 7:41pm]
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