25-year-old man accused of being lewd in front of girl, 8
A 25-year-old Spring Hill man faces charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition after authorities say he exposed his genitals to an 8-year-old girl.
Anthony Mariarossi told the girl to sit on the bathroom floor and close her eyes, then he exposed himself, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.
The girl ran out of the bathroom and told Mariarossi what he'd done was "disgusting," and Mariarossi agreed, the report said. The victim's mother reported the incident, authorities said.
Mariarossi told investigators he had been drinking beer and was masturbating on the couch when the girl awoke, according to the report. He denied telling the girl to sit on the floor, but said he does not remember most of the night.
Mariarossi was being held in the Hernando County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Traffic crackdowns yield results
Two recent crackdowns on traffic scofflaws yielded significant public safety results, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday. The Seat Belt Compliance Traffic initiative during reduced speed times in school zones from Nov. 16 to 20 led to 76 traffic stops. Deputies issued 14 verbal warnings, nine written warnings and 51 citations, 14 of which were for seat belt violations. An enhanced DUI Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement plan from Nov. 25 to 29 resulted in eight DUI arrests and one warrant arrest.