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Tampa man arrested, accused of molesting child under 12

Police say Richard Wesley Lamar Jr., 52, molested a child younger than 12 while she slept.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Police say Richard Wesley Lamar Jr., 52, molested a child younger than 12 while she slept.

TAMPA — Police say a 52-year-old man molested a girl younger than 12 while she slept.

Richard Wesley Lamar Jr., of 8310 N 18th St., Apt. B, was sleeping in the same room as the child but in a different bed. About 1 a.m., the child awoke to find Lamar touching her sexually, according to an arrest affidavit.

She screamed at him, and he ran out of the house, police said.

Lamar was arrested Sunday afternoon, accused of sexual battery, and held without bail.

This is Lamar's 40th arrest in Florida, according to records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Previous charges include rape, aggravated battery, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, drug possession, trespassing, hunting without a license and violating probation.

Lamar spent almost 10 years in prison beginning in 1989 for cocaine possession. According to Department of Corrections records, Lamar did not spend time in prison or on probation in connection with his rape charge in 1979, though the details of that Tampa police case were not immediately available due to the case's age.

Tampa man arrested, accused of molesting child under 12 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 1:36pm]

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