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Jail deputy is accused of fondling girl

A Hillsboroughjail deputy has been placed on administrative leave after being charged Friday with performing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16.

Timothy Cobean, 34, who worked at the Orient Road Jail, was arrested at the Sheriff's Office internal affairs office. He was being held at a Hillsborough County jail Friday night in lieu of $30,000 bail.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cobean fondled the girl's breast and kissed her Aug. 2.

Cobean has worked for the Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He has received generally positive performance evaluations, including commendations. In September, he was suspended for three days without pay for using excessive force, according to personnel records.

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