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St. Petersburg man charged with having sex with 14-year-old

Police arrested a St. Petersburg man Wednesday who they say had sex with a 14-year-old girl at a local drug house.

Police charged Kenneth Caldwell, 24, with lewd and lascivious battery after the girl picked him out from an FBI video line-up, saying he had paid to have sex with her, authorities said. Caldwell was also identified by another underage sex victim brought to the home, which officers said is a known 8-Hype gang drug house.

Police said suspected gang member Derrick Hayes, 26, took the two girls to the house for the intent of being paid for sex. Hayes is currently in the Pinellas County Jail, awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

The local gang 8-Hype is based in the Harbordale neighborhood of St. Petersburg and members have been linked to several murders over the years, as well as drug trafficking crimes.

Caldwell, who also is facing cocaine and marijuana charges, was taken to Pinellas County Jail and held on $82,650 bail.

St. Petersburg man charged with having sex with 14-year-old 05/01/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:23pm]

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