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Holiday man charged with sexual battery

(ran PW, PS editions)

A 20-year-old Holiday man was arrested Wednesday after sheriff's detectives said he sexually abused an 8-year-old girl.

Joshua Lee Osborn, of Woodcock Drive, was arrested on a charge of sexual battery.

The girl told sheriff's detectives that she was sleeping in her living room on Tuesday and awakened because someone was touching her. She opened her eyes and saw Osborn standing over her, according to an arrest report.

Osborn improperly touched the girl and forced her to perform oral sex, a report said.

The girl's mother told detectives that she walked in and found Osborn, and he ran away.

Osborn was held without bail Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Man arrested on lewd behavior charges

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A 53-year-old Port Richey man was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he improperly touched an 8-year-old girl.

Ronnie Dale Vancleve, 7121 Heath Drive, was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.

The girl told sheriff's deputies that Vancleve put her on his lap and rubbed her improperly at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

She said he asked, "Does that feel good?," according to an arrest report. The girl told him no and walked inside her home.

The girl said Vancleve was her Sunday school teacher, the report stated.

Vancleve denied the allegations.

He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday on $50,000 bail.

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