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Three Air Force men accused of raping girl

Three out-of-town servicemen working at MacDill Air Force Base have been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a downtown Tampa hotel room. The Jacksonville girl was staying at the hotel with her father, who was in Tampa on a business trip, according to Tampa Police spokesman Steve Cole.

Senior airmen Robert Lindenmuth and Robert Skaggs, both 21, and Sgt. David A. Pike, 23, all of Biloxi, Miss., had been on temporary duty at MacDill Air Force Base since Jan. 17th, according to a MacDill spokeswoman.

Lindenmuth and Scaggs were staying at the Riverside Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive, and Pike was staying at a nearby Days Inn.

MacDill contracts with several Tampa hotels to house temporary personnel.

While the girl's father was at a business meeting Monday afternoon, she met the three men as the four sat by the hotel pool.

After they talked for a while, the girl agreed to go upstairs to their room about 5 p.m., Cole said.

Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. the girl was held against her will and raped by two of the men, Cole said.

During that time, her father came back to the hotel. When he couldn't find his daughter, he called the police.

While police were talking to the father in the hotel lobby, the girl came in and told police that she was raped.

The three men were arrested in their room without incident.

The girl was examined at Tampa General Hospital and released.

The three men each were charged with kidnapping and sexual battery on a minor and were held without bail at Hillsborough County Jail.

The three were part of a 20-man Engineering Installation Unit from the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., a team that travels the world doing electronic work, according to Keesler spokesman Sgt. Gary Leitz.

The men were in Tampa to install an antenna and electrical cable for the control tower at MacDill, he said.

The Air Force will await the outcome of criminal charges before considering disciplinary action, he said.

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