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Largo man charged in sex assault

A Largo man was charged with sexual battery Wednesday night. Police say he raped a 13-year-old relative from out of state during a visit.

Rodney Dean Black, 35, of 1834 Whispering Drive W, was being held at the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail on two counts of sexual battery.

The victim said the attack occurred July 8 while she was on vacation in Largo, police said.

After leaving Florida, the girl talked about the assault with her mother, who reported it to police.

According to police reports, Black and the relative were alone in the house. While Black was cleaning the pool, he began making lewd comments to the girl. The girl went to the living room.

Black, who works at Beach Distributing in Dunedin, followed her there, took off her clothes, and performed oral sex on her, according to the police report. He then followed her to the bedroom, performed oral sex again, and had sex with her, the report said.

According to the report: "Afterward he told her that it was all his fault and that he was sorry. He told her not to say anything, unless she wanted him to go to prison and his children be fatherless."

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