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Man accused of molesting girl for nearly 3 years

Times Staff Writer
Published February 26, 2004

DADE CITY - Authorities arrested a 37-year-old man Tuesday they say had been molesting a teenage girl for nearly three years.

Robert Bruce Ellis, 12139 Elkins Road, will face charges of lewd and lascivious molestation.

According to a sheriff's report, the 16-year-old girl said Ellis had been touching her improperly since she was 13.

Ellis remained in the county jail in Land O'Lakes on Wednesday in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Husband charged with domestic assault, battery

WESLEY CHAPEL - A 31-year-old man is in jail after authorities said he fired a gun at his wife and threatened to cut her with a knife.

Steven O'Neal Nelson, 5239 Emory Drive, is charged with domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery.

According to the sheriff's report, Nelson became irate Tuesday night when his wife, Judith, told him she wanted to leave him. She told deputies her husband threatened to kill her, and when she ran from the house, he fired a gun and she felt the bullet buzz past her head. Deputies later found a spent 9mm brass casing, according to the report.

Nelson then chased his wife in a truck before taking off, the report said. When she returned several hours later, Judith Nelson told deputies, her husband pulled a knife on her and threatened to "slice her into 10 pieces."

Nelson told deputies he and his wife had an argument but denied any physical contact.

He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday. Bail was set at $5,100.

Pasco Middle student, 12, pushed teacher, police say

DADE CITY - Police arrested a 12-year-old boy Tuesday, accusing him of battery against his teacher at Pasco Middle School.

According to a report, the boy was angry when his teacher wouldn't return his hat. He pushed the woman, who is 66, into a wood door. The report did not specify injuries, saying only that the teacher was harmed.

The Times is not identifying the boy because of his age. The Sheriff's Office would not say if he had been released from the juvenile detention center.

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