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Spring Hill man, 68, accused of trading drugs for sex with teen

SPRING HILL — A 68-year-old man faces criminal charges after being accused of offering a 17-year-old girl marijuana to have sex with him at his home.

John R. Hand was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. As of Tuesday afternoon, Hand remained in the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The girl told authorities that she went to Hand's home at 9060 Eldridge Road to get a cigarette. When she came inside and sat on his living-room sofa, Hand allegedly sat next to her and then fondled and kissed her breasts.

According to the report, Hand then offered the teen marijuana to perform oral sex on him. She did, authorities said, and then they had sexual intercourse on the sofa.

The girl later identified Hand to detectives by pointing out the location of his home, and describing his vehicles, the interior of the house and his physical appearance.

During an interview with Hand on Tuesday, authorities noted that the teen's description matched their observations in the house. Hand admitted to knowing the girl but initially denied any physical relationship with her.

He later corroborated the girl's account of the incident before cutting off the interview.

Spring Hill man, 68, accused of trading drugs for sex with teen 07/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 8:03pm]
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