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Transient accused of sexually battering 13-year-old girl

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities have arrested a woman they say molested a 13-year-old girl whose home she stayed at this summer.

Stephanie Lawecki, 33, whom Pinellas deputies described as a transient, was charged Tuesday with sexual battery on a minor.

Lawecki lived at the victim's home in June in unincorporated St. Petersburg, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. That's also when the sexual battery took place, officials said.

"The child was in her care when this happened," said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

Barreda said authorities found out about the incident after Lawecki talked about the incident to a different child, who in turn told her mother. The mother contacted authorities.

Deputies are concerned Lawecki may have other victims, and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Mark Kolenda at (727) 582-6200.

"She bragged about this to another child," Barreda said. "That was one of the reasons (deputies) are concerned."

Transient accused of sexually battering 13-year-old girl 09/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:26pm]
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