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Zephyrhills man accused of impregnating 11-year-old

ZEPHYRHILLS — Herman A. Mayer Jr., a 47-year-old plumber, is accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

The child became pregnant and had the pregnancy terminated at three months, according to the Zephyrhills Police Department. DNA tests confirmed Mayer was the father, authorities said.

Mayer had sex with the victim on "numerous" occasions between October and February, a report states.

Because of the nature of the allegations, police did not disclose anything about the girl or her relationship to Mayer.

Mayer was arrested Tuesday at his home at 6265 Timberly Lane in the Eiland Park Townhomes community of Zephyrhills. He is charged with sexual battery on a child younger than 12.

Mayer told investigators he works as a plumber at Alpine Plumbing in Odessa. A call to the business by the Times was not returned Wednesday. Workers at Alpine Plumbing operate off the state and county license of its owner. Mayer is not licensed.

In 1999, Mayer pleaded guilty to child abuse in Hillsborough County. A formal finding of guilt was withheld in the case, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Details of the crime were not available Wednesday. Other convictions for Mayer include littering in Hillsborough in 1995, possessing drug paraphernalia and violating his probation for writing a worthless check in Plant City in 1989. He appears to have been married and divorced three times in the Tampa Bay area, with his most recent divorce in 2005, according to court records.

Mayer is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

Zephyrhills man accused of impregnating 11-year-old 04/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6:47pm]
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