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St. Petersburg man accused of groping kids' 70-year-old nanny

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a 44-year-old man on a battery charge after they said he groped his children's longtime nanny and made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

The woman, who is 70, told police the incident happened overnight Sept. 1 as she slept over so that the parents could get an early start to a planned trip.

She said her employer, Joshua Cabanne Smith of St. Petersburg, came into her room and woke her up.

Then he tried to get her to have sex, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

"He sat on her bed, started to kiss her, started to grope her breasts, started to become more aggressive," Puetz said.

Smith then removed his shorts and tried to remove the woman's underwear, police said in an arrest affidavit.

He left at some point, but returned, police said. The woman had already locked the door.

So Smith started sending her apology text messages, police said. The woman later showed those messages to a detective.

Police arrested Smith on Thursday on a charge of battery on a person 65 years old or older. Records show he was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Friday after posting $5,000 bail .

St. Petersburg man accused of groping kids' 70-year-old nanny 10/05/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 9:33pm]
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