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Clearwater man accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man is charged with capital sexual battery in connection with assaults on a 7-year-old girl, police said.

Clearwater police detectives said Johnnie Cheek, 35, assaulted the girl three times. They obtained a warrant, and Cheek was arrested in Jacksonville last weekend.

Police said he confessed to assaulting the girl.

Cheek was extradited to Pinellas County and remained in jail on Wednesday without bail.

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