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Hudson man arrested, faces battery charges

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

PORT RICHEY -- An 18-year-old Hudson man was arrested Friday on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery after sheriff's deputies said he forced a 12-year-old girl to perform sexual acts.

Michael Anthony Duncan, 8008 Beaver Creek Loop, was held on $10,000 bond at the Land O' Lakes jail.

Sheriff's deputies said Duncan asked the girl to perform oral sex about 10:50 a.m. on Friday and she refused. Deputies said Duncan grabbed the girl and forced her.

Duncan told deputies he did not force the girl, according to a sheriff's report.

Man choked mom, set fire to bedroom, deputies say

SPRING HILL -- A 44-year-old man was arrested Friday on a charge of arson and domestic battery after sheriff's deputies said he choked his mother and set fire to a bedroom.

Jimmy Carl Lawrence, of 18220 Boonesfarm Drive, was held at the Land O'Lakes jail on $50,000 bond.

Lawrence told deputies he had been drinking and started arguing with his mother on Thursday night, according to a sheriff's report. Lawrence set fire to a downstairs bedroom and they put out the fire together, deputies said.

His mother picked up the phone to call for help and Lawrence broke the phone, deputies said. He grabbed his mother by the throat and pushed her, causing her to fall down the stairs, deputies said.

Lawrence watched his mother all night to make sure she would not leave, deputies said.

He told deputies he could not remember what happened, according to a report.

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