1. Pinellas

Deputies: St. Petersburg man, 33, sexually assaulted 9-year-old

A 33-year-old St. Petersburg man is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old child, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Don Lamont Thompson was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity.

The alleged incidents took place in February and March, according to the Sheriff's Office, in an undisclosed location in Pinellas County.

Thompson was in a position of authority over the child, deputies said. He sexually battered her in one incident, according to the Sheriff's Office, and a month later forced the child to watch a pornographic video.

A relative of the child's reported the allegations to St. Petersburg police on Thursday. Deputies said they then found evidence that corroborated the child's account.

Thompson was arrested at work on Friday and booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he was being held in lieu of $110,000 bail.