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Man accused of raping children

An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday in the rape of a 7-year-old girl, a 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

Thomas Daniel Wolverton III of 14443 Dabney Court in Shady Hills faces three counts of capital sexual battery and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation, deputies said. Wolverton is 6 foot 3 and 280 pounds.

Deputies said that on unknown dates from January to April, Wolverton raped the children at an undisclosed location in Shady Hills.

The 7-year-old girl told deputies that "it hurt a lot," according to a sheriff's report. She told deputies that Wolverton said to her, "Don't tell anyone."

The 4-year-old boy told deputies that Wolverton hurt him but said to him, "It's okay."

The 5-year-old girl also told deputies that Wolverton hurt her a lot.

Wolverton was being held Friday at county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $120,000 bail.

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