Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Registered sex offender accused of molesting 3-year-old

LARGO — A man who served prison time for a child sex conviction was arrested early Saturday after he went into a 3-year-old girl's bedroom and touched her inappropriately, according to Pinellas County sheriff's deputies.

Edwin Esmurria, 30, visited the Largo home of the girl's mother with a mutual friend late Saturday, deputies said. Esmurria and his friend stayed in the garage area of the home, chatting with the girl's mother into the early morning hours.

At about 4 a.m., Esmurria's friend and the girl's mother stepped outside to talk in private, authorities said. Esmurria then went inside the home and crept into the girl's bedroom, where she and her brother were asleep in the same bed, officials said.

Esmurria got into bed with the children and began to touch the girl, authorities said. Her brother awoke and ran out to tell their mother what was happening.

The mother ran back inside to check on the girl, then back to the garage, where she attacked Esmurria, deputies said. He then attacked the woman before their friend stepped in to separate them, officials said.

After that, Esmurria left the home on foot. Deputies later arrested him on a charge of sexual battery on a child and two counts of battery.

Esmurria was released from prison about a year ago after serving five years for a conviction of lewd and lascivious battery, state records show. Upon his release, he registered as a sex offender at a St. Petersburg address, but more recent records list him as a transient.

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