Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Police: Men sexually assaulted girl, 17, who was overdosing on meth

DADE CITY — Two men were arrested this week after, deputies say, they sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl who was in a meth-induced stupor.

The girl drank a shot of methamphetamine on the afternoon of March 28 in the kitchen of a Dade City home, a Pasco Sheriff's report states.

A short while later, Ronald Hassell Bowman, 49, fondled the girl while she lay in a lounge chair in the back yard of the home. Bowman, of 20512 Ramer Road, would later tell deputies he noticed she started to "act weird" and her "eyes were dancing," according to the report.

The reports are unclear about the sequence of events but state that on the same day, James Christopher Simonds, 31, had sex with the girl in a bedroom of the home. He told deputies he stopped when she began to "seize up shaking and straight as a board."

The girl was unconscious when she was taken to the hospital and treated for a drug overdose. She told deputies she had no recollection of the sexual acts but noticed she had been re-dressed in a pair of boxer shorts.

Both men were arrested on charges of sexual battery while using an intoxicating substance to incapacitate the victim. They remained in Land O'Lakes jail Thursday. Simonds, of 13705 23rd St., was being held on $50,000 bail. Bowman had an added charge of violation of probation and did not receive bail.

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