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Boy accused of sexual assault

Within about 10 minutes, a 15-year-old Brooksville boy sexually assaulted a teen-age girl and then fired a gun at a neighbor, according to reports from the Brooksville Police Department.

The boy, whose name is not being used because of his age, was arrested Thursday night and charged with sexual battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. He was being held Friday in the juvenile detention center in Ocala, Brooksville Police Capt. Ray Schumacher said.

Police reports gave the following account of the boy's run-ins, first with a 13-year-old girl and then with a 17-year-old boy:

The 15-year-old was outside a south Brooksville house when he pulled down a girl's shorts. She pulled up her shorts and went inside, where he made sexual advances toward her, fondling her breasts and putting his hands inside her shorts. He continuously asked her to go into the nearby woods with him.

The boy left the girl's house about 8 Thursday night, and she called for help. While a police officer interviewed the girl in her home, four shots rang out a few blocks away.

A 17-year-old boy then drove by on his bicycle and said that the boy accused of assaulting the girl had just tried to shoot him. He told police he had been riding his bicycle to his grandmother's apartment to pick up his niece, 3. On the way, he passed by the 15-year-old.

The younger boy was holding a handgun and threatened to beat the 17-year-old in the head. As the 17-year-old rode past again with his niece. The other boy pointed the gun and fired four times.

The 17-year-old said he saw the gun barrel flash and heard a bullet whiz by his head.

A search of the younger boy's bedroom yielded two .38-caliber handguns and a 9mm revolver. Schumacher said two of those guns were stolen.

The boy was arrested in December and accused of selling soap as crack cocaine.