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Father accused of molestation

Published Oct. 10, 2005

A man has been arrested, accused of fondling his 10-year-old daughter last Friday as she slept, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report. The 35-year-old Spring Hill man, who is not being named to protect his daughter's identity, was charged with lewd and lascivious assault or act upon a child under 16. The girl told a sheriff's deputy that her father got in bed with her and rubbed her genitals. When she woke up, he told her he was comforting her because she had had a bad dream, according to the report. The girl's stepmother was out of town at the time of the alleged incident. The man was being held in the Hernando County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Girls say neighbor fondled them

BROOKSVILLE _ Two neighborhood girls said they were playing on a mechanical swing in Robert Hutchison's yard when the man grabbed their breasts, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report. Hutchison, 48, of 5341 Alice St. west of Brooksville, was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious assault upon a child. The two girls, aged 11 and 14, told authorities Hutchison pulled back on their breasts to swing them in the air and then fondled them. Although a witness backed up the story and one of the girls had redness on her chest, Hutchison denies fondling them. He was released from the Hernando County Jail after posting $5,000 bail.