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Registered sex offender in Hernando County charged with sexual battery

SPRING HILL — A registered sex offender has been arrested and accused of touching a 28-year-old woman's genitals while she was sleeping on his bed.

Ronald Eugene Long, 55, of Spring Hill was charged Saturday with sexual battery and violation of probation. He remained in custody Monday without bail.

According to an arrest report, the woman and her friend went to Long's house Saturday morning to help him clean his home at 5631 Cactus Circle. The woman said that because she has bad knees and her friend pulled a muscle in her back, they lay down on Long's bed. A short time later, Long came into the room and joined them on the bed.

Long offered to give the women back massages, and the women agreed, according to the report.

When the victim awoke, she felt Long rubbing her inner thighs and buttocks under her shorts, the report said. The woman told deputies that Long soon moved her underwear to the side and touched her genitals.

According to the report, the woman said she became scared and her body "froze up" before she moved away from Long to make him stop. The woman's friend said she was asleep throughout the incident and didn't learn of it until they left Long's house.

During the Sheriff's Office investigation of the incident, deputies had the woman call Long at his home. Long told the woman during the phone call that he didn't mean to hurt her and that the touching was unintentional.

Long later told detectives that the women had agreed to back and leg massages, and that he may have grazed the victim's genitals by accident.

Police say man exposed himself

SPRING HILL — A 42-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after being accused of urinating by the front door of a Spring Hill man's home and then exposing himself, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Brandon Charles Glogower faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of exposure of sex organs and resisting an officer without violence. He was released from the county jail Sunday after posting $4,000 bail.

According to an arrest report, Hernando deputies responded to a call about a burglary attempt just after midnight Saturday at a home in the 7300 block of Centerwood Avenue. When deputies arrived at the home, they found Glogower standing at the front door with his hand on his genitals.

Glogower tried to pull up his pants and starting beating on the door, repeatedly ignoring deputies' orders to stop, the report said. When deputies tried to take Glogower into custody, he tried to pull away and refused to comply with their orders, according to the report.

Once Glogower was under arrest, deputies found a small plastic bag of 10 pills in his pocket. The pills were later identified as acetaminophen-propoxyphene napsylate.

The homeowner later told deputies he didn't know Glogower and that Glogower had been beating on the front door of the home prior to their arrival.

Man charged with stealing copper wire

BROOKSVILLE — A 35-year-old man has been arrested on charges that he stole about 60 pounds of copper wire from a Withlacoochee Regional Electric Cooperative substation.

According to an arrest report, Jeffery Allen Martinez walked into the gated substation at 10485 Melanie Ave. and removed a spool of copper wire from a wooden pallet. Martinez then took the wire back to his home at 16167 Sacramento Ave. and hid it, the report said.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Donna Black said the department could not reveal how Martinez was apprehended, calling it a new "investigative tool."

Martinez was later arrested at his home and taken to the Hernando County Jail. He was released early Monday after posting $2,000 bail.

Registered sex offender in Hernando County charged with sexual battery 08/24/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 24, 2009 7:58pm]
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