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Man charged again with a sex crime

A 35-year-old man was who was freed on bail from the Hernando County Jail last week after being accused of fondling a child was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual battery on a child under 12, according to jail records.

David Vance Bateman, of Brooksville, was arrested just before 10 p.m. Sunday on a warrant from Bay County, according to records.

Officials with the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City did not return phone calls Monday, and details of the warrant were not available.

The incident did not appear to be related to Bateman's Hernando County arrest Feb. 11 on a charge of lewd and lascivious assault upon a child. He was released Feb. 12 after posting $5,000 bail. Bateman was being held at the Hernando County Jail on the Bay County warrant Monday in lieu of $60,000 bail.

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