Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Two Tampa men accused of sexually battering child 20 years ago

TAMPA — Two Tampa men sexually battered a young girl repeatedly over six years, police say, and since then, two decades have passed.

Tampa police Detective Kelley Spanglo solved a 20-year-old sexual battery case, according to the department. And authorities jailed the two men early Saturday.

Thomas Edward Taylor, 66, and Mark Waine Lewis, 60, both of Tampa, each face a charge of capital felony sexual battery on a child under the age of 11.

Police say that in 1986, Taylor met a 6-year-old girl and began to molest her on a regular basis. Before long, he was sexually battering her, police say.

Then, in 1988, he introduced Lewis to the girl, police say, and Lewis began to sexually assault her. Both men continued molesting the girl until 1992, when the girl turned 12, authorities say.

The girl's name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime.

Both Taylor and Lewis have made "complete confessions" according to Tampa police Lt. William Ferguson. Until Saturday, neither of the men had been arrested in Florida, state records show.

But police are looking for more information. They believe the men may have victimized additional people and ask that anyone with information call the department at (813) 276-3687.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.

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