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Safety Harbor man arrested on sex abuse charge from three decades ago

SAFETY HARBOR — A 53-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, accused of sex crimes against a minor nearly 30 years ago.

Martin C. Besteman, of 360 Eighth Ave. N in Safety Harbor, was charged with sexual battery on a child younger than 12.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Besteman admitted to engaging in oral sex with a 9- to 10-year-old boy in June 1980 at Clearwater's Gulf to Bay Drive-In Theater, which no longer exists. Besteman was 24 years old at the time.

Besteman also admitted to having oral sex with the boy more than 20 times during a three-to-eight month span around the same time period.

It's not clear how the Sheriff's Office learned of the allegations.

Besteman is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

Safety Harbor man arrested on sex abuse charge from three decades ago 12/23/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:42pm]
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