Saturday, December 16, 2017
Public safety

St. Petersburg man accused of molesting young girl

Pinellas deputies arrested a St. Petersburg man they said molested a young girl twice last week.

Emerson Peter Calkins, 65, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Sunday night on charges of sexual battery.

Authorities said he molested the child, who is under the age of 12, on Thursday and Saturday at an undisclosed location in Pinellas County.

According to an arrest affidavit, two people saw Calkins next to the victim in a bed on one of those occasions. Calkins' left hand was under the blanket and the girl's shorts and underwear were around her knees, the witnesses told detectives.

When confronted, officials said, Calkins quickly removed his arm and left.

Authorities did not say how Calkins knew the child in order to protect her identity.

Calkins remained in jail Monday without bail.

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