Monday, May 21, 2018
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Valrico man charged with sexual battery on young girl

VALRICO — A man faces a sexual battery charge after a yearlong investigation determined he had sexual contact with a young girl who spent the night in his Valrico home, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.

David Chris Ianuzi, 51, was arrested on a warrant early Monday morning at his new home at 4852 Pond Ridge Drive in Riverview, authorities said.

In September 2012, Ianuzi was living in Valrico, according to an arrest report. In the early morning of Sept. 28, a young girl was spending the night with a friend who also lived in the home when Ianuzi walked in their bedroom about 3 a.m., according to investigators.

While the girl was asleep, Ianuzi reached under her clothes and touched her inappropriately, according to an arrest report. He then committed a sex act on her, authorities said.

The girl waited for Ianuzi to leave the room before she got up and left the house, deputies said. She went to another home and reported what had happened.

Investigators obtained a warrant for a sample of Ianuzi's DNA, which they matched to DNA that was lifted from the girl's clothing, the arrest report stated. During the investigation, detectives also arranged a recorded phone call between the girl and Ianuzi, during which he apologized to her for non-specific reasons, but did not admit to the act, authorities said.

Ianuzi was booked Monday in the Hillsborough County jail and held without bail.

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