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St. Petersburg man, 37, accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

ST. PETERSBURG — A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl repeatedly two years ago, police said.

Cedric Lethell Haugabook was arrested on four counts of sexual battery, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.

Police said Haugabook was staying with the victim's family when the assaults occurred in September 2009.

Haugabook faces a charge for each incident, police said. The victim did not tell her mother about the assaults until January. The mother then contacted the authorities.

Haugabook was arrested at 1:46 a.m. Wednesday by the Florida Highway Patrol. A trooper tried to stop Haugabook on northbound 34th Street N near 17th Avenue N for driving with a busted tag light, the FHP said.

But Haugabook would not pull over, according to the FHP, until his car hit a curb and blew out its front tires. After Haugabook was booked into the county jail on the fleeing and eluding charge, St. Petersburg police added the additional charges.

Haugabook, of 2327 Union St. S, was being held Friday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $445,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

St. Petersburg man, 37, accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 4:12pm]
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