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Dade City man, 43, arrested, accused of fondling girl, 11

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 7, 2002

DADE CITY -- A 43-year-old man was arrested Friday in the fondling of an 11-year-old girl, police said.

Michael Eugene Cooper of 37116 Golden Rod Court faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation, Dade City police said.

An 11-year-old girl told police that Cooper had her fondle him on Feb. 23, according to a police report. The report states that Cooper said he touched the girl while she was naked but that he was drying her off.

Cooper was being held Saturday at county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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