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Man accused of sex abuse of boys

He is accused of showing two boys, 12 and 13, pornography and committing sex acts with them.

A 36-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges he abused two young boys in his apartment, police said.

Police began their investigation after the parents of a 12-year-old boy called police, telling them the suspect, Tony W. Wood, of 2690 Drew St., had given their son marijuana, police said.

Wood showed the boy pornographic videotapes, magazines and images off his computer, said Clearwater police Detective Chuck Esposito.

Since the two met, police said, Wood committed at least three different acts of lewd and lascivious behavior on the boy. Wood also committed at least three different acts of lewd and lascivious behavior on the boy's 13-year-old friend, police said.

The names of the boys were not released because of their ages and the nature of the charges.

Police are reviewing Wood's Internet account and are investigating whether he may have abused other children.

"We have information (that) a lot of children frequented his home," Esposito said.

Wood was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was booked on six counts of lewd and lascivious behavior. He was being held there late Friday in lieu of $120,000 bail.

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