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Man, 59, charged with fondling girl

A 59-year-old man was arrested Thursday and accused of touching a young girl sexually between January 1991 and December 1992.

John DeGraff, of Farragut Lane in New Port Richey, was charged with handling and fondling a girl who was six or seven years old at the time, according to court records. The girl said DeGraff touched her vaginal area and breasts under her clothing, according to Pasco sheriff's Detective Jeffrey Bousquet, who arrested DeGraff.

DeGraff was arrested in August on sexual battery charges involving a young girl at his weekend home in Citrus County between January 1993 and July, according to reports. DeGraff was being held Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail at the county jail in New Port Richey.

Man charged with three counts of child abuse

PORT RICHEY _ A man was accused Thursday of hitting three children with a plastic coat hanger and leaving bruises, authorities said.

Elliot Perez, 28, of Penwood Drive in Port Richey, was charged with three counts of simple child abuse relating to three different children, according to Pasco Sheriff's Office reports. Perez, who listed his occupation as a cook at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, was released Friday from the county jail in Land O'Lakes after posting $750 bail.

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