Tampa man accused of raping a boy he knows

TAMPA — A 43-year-old man was ordered held without bail Thursday after deputies said he molested and raped a young boy he knew.

Antonio Arementero Moreno, of 8711 Huntfield St., was sharing a bedroom with the boy at Moreno's home on Wednesday, said Hillsborough sheriff's deputies. Their relationship is unclear.

An arrest report states the sexual battery happened around midnight. Deputies said the boy told his father about the incident, and the father called authorities.

Moreno was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of sexual battery on a child older than 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child older than 12.

In Moreno's first court appearance Thursday morning, Circuit Judge Walter R. Heinrich ordered Moreno held in jail without bail. Based on the charges, Heinrich said Moreno faces life in prison.

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Tampa man accused of raping a boy he knows 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 5:23pm]

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