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Pinellas deputies say St. Pete man raped young girl while she slept

Authorities have arrested a St. Petersburg man they said repeatedly raped a young girl.

William Eric Donald, 49, was arrested Monday night on four counts of sexual battery. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Donald raped the girl, who is between 12 and 16, at least four times since Feb. 22. The last incident happened Thursday, they said.

Donald would go into the girl's room at night while she was sleeping and force himself on her, Pinellas deputies said.

The girl recently told a family member about the abuse, officials said. It occurred in a home located in an unincorporated area near St. Petersburg.

Donald has previous arrests in Florida related to drugs and theft, records show. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail without bail on Tuesday.

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