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Largo man accused of sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

Published Dec. 5, 2013

LARGO — An 18-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday, police said.

On Nov. 29 about 10 p.m., Chase Barton Hightower gave marijuana to two girls, ages 12 and 13, at a local park and then invited them to his Largo home, police said. When Hightower and the girls were in his bedroom smoking marijuana, Hightower sexually abused the 12-year-old, according to an arrest affidavit.

Hightower admitted he abused the girl, according to Largo police. He faces a charge of lewd and lascivious battery.

Hightower was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bail.