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Police Report

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 10, 2002


Man, 19, is accused of having sex with girl, 13

ODESSA -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a 19-year-old Odessa man who they say had sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Deputies said Michael James Troutman of 14969 Ogden Loop had sex with the girl at a home in New Port Richey just after midnight Friday morning. A witness, whom deputies did not name, said she saw the two having sex.

The girl's name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime.

Troutman faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail, where he remained Friday evening in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Teen says man attacked her at horse ranch

SHADY HILLS -- A 16-year-old girl told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that a man battered her at a horse ranch on Shirla Rae Drive, a sheriff's report said.

Amanda Jean Valentine said the man told her he was interested in buying a horse. But after Valentine let him in the gate and was discussing horses with him, she felt a sharp blow to the back of her head, she told deputies.

Valentine said that after she fell to the ground, he tried to choke her, the report said.

The ranch's Rottweiler then bit his leg, she told deputies. The man then threw Valentine into a tree as the dog attacked him again, the report said.

Valentine told deputies the man then broke away from the dog, jumped over the gate and ran into the woods.

The man is described as white, about 6 feet 1, with a muscular build, dirty blond hair and green eyes. Valentine told deputies he was wearing a white T-shirt, light blue jeans and riding boots.

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