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Man charged with molesting girl, 6

A 19-year-old laborer was arrested Tuesday night on charges of sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl.

Jerome Edward Swan of Land O'Lakes Boulevard molested the girl about 4 p.m. Monday, according to Sheriff's Office reports. Swan admitted the molestation, and an examination revealed signs of penetration, reports say.

Swan was being held in the county jail in Land O'Lakes without bail on four counts of involuntary sexual battery.

Lacooche man charged with rape

LACOOCHEE _ Alvin Arrington, 34, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of raping a 12-year-old girl and violating his probation.

Arrington, an unemployed laborer, was being held in the county jail in Land O'Lakes without bail. He had been on probation from an aggravated battery case.

The rape occurred at 2:30 a.m. Friday when Arrington, who lives on Evergreen Court, forced himself on top of a 12-year-old girl, according to Sheriff's Office reports. The victim told deputies that Arrington raped her and threatened to kill her if she told on him.

An examination showed signs of penetration, reports state.

Bank employee charged with theft

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A senior bank teller at First of America Bank was arrested on charges that she took $4,000 out of a customer's account, reports state.

Barbara Anne Vlahakis, 35, of 3443 Norland Court in Holiday was charged Tuesday with grand theft.

Reports state that at 3:45 p.m. June 8, Vlahakis withdrew money from an account at the First of America Bank branch at 5245 U.S. 19. Vlahakis told authorities she took the money for her own use.

The bank refunded the customer's money. Vlahakis was released from the county jail in Land O'Lakes on $1,500 bail.

Chrages filed over sex

with young girlfriend

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A 19-year-old convenience store clerk was charged Tuesday with unlawfully having intercourse with his girlfriend, who was younger than 16.

Gary Alan Chojnowski, of 3474 Van Nuys Loop, was 18 and 19 when he had intercourse with his girlfriend, who was 14 and 15 at the time, according to Sheriff's Office reports. He was charged with one count of a lewd and lascivious act.

Chojnowski said that he and his girlfriend had lived together early this year in two places in Pasco County. During a taped interview, he told deputies he knew his girlfriend was younger than 16 when they had intercourse on more than 30 occasions in April and May.

Chojnowski was released from the county jail in Land O'Lakes Jail on $5,000 bail.

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