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Officer retires after arrest

A veteran Tampa police officer arrested this week for unlawful sexual activity with a minor has retired the day before his predisciplinary hearing, officials said.

Master Patrol Officer Paul F. Federico, 48, of Land O'Lakes, was arrested Tuesday after he admitted engaging in sexual activity with a teenage girl from Pasco County. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office charged Federico with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a second-degree felony.

The family of the 17-year-old victim, 16 at the time of the alleged encounters, complained about Federico's behavior. The girl told investigators she had intercourse with Federico three to five times in fall 2002, according to deputies.

Federico would have gone before Tampa police Chief Steve Hogue today for a predisciplinary hearing. Police spokesman Capt. Bob Guidara said instead, Federico "abruptly retired."

During the hearing, Hogue would have determined what Federico's future would have been with the Tampa Police Department. Federico served with TPD for 21 years.

According to Pasco deputies, Federico acknowledged fondling the girl twice. According to the sheriff's report, Federico "also admitted to knowing the victim's age, and advised that he knew what he did was wrong."

Man accused of sexual battery

TAMPA _ A 27-year-old Tampa man was arrested and charged Thursday with five counts of sexual battery on a child younger than 12, Hillsborough County deputies said.

Phillip Wayne Collins II, of 7104 N Freemont Ave., remained in jail without bail Thursday night.

Deputies arrested Collins after detectives completed an investigation that began with the Florida Department of Children and Families, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. Collins allegedly sexually battered the girl five different times between January 2003 and August 2003, Carter said.

According to records, Collins has been arrested at least six other times in Hillsborough County since 2000 on charges that included battery, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and grand theft. He has been out of jail on probation since October following a domestic violence arrest in September.