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Tampa man accused of molesting young girls decades ago

ST. PETERSBURG — The two sisters kept the secret for years.

When they were 7 and 9, respectively, a man whose care they were in molested them.

But recently, through therapy, the elder sister decided to come forward, sparking a joint investigation by the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Kevin Robert Sedwick, 40, of Tampa, was arrested on Friday and booked into Pinellas County Jail on four counts of sexual battery on a child under age 12.

Authorities expect to add additional charges and believe more victims are out there, Puetz said. "We know of at least one other victim outside our jurisdiction," he said.

Puetz said after the arrest, Sedwick admitted to molesting the younger victim dozens of times and battering her older sister on several occasions. The victims are now in their 20s.

Anyone with information about other incidents is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780.

Tampa man accused of molesting young girls decades ago 01/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 11:38pm]

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