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Man jailed for voyeurism, burglary

By JONATHAN ABEL
Published April 1, 2007


HERNANDO - On March 23, an 11-year-old girl woke up in the middle of the night to find a long pole sticking through her bedroom window.

The pole had a hook on the end and the hook was pulling the comforter off her bed.

Naturally, the girl screamed. Then she ran to get her mother, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities searched the neighborhood in the town of Hernando looking for Peeping Toms and checking up on neighborhood sex offenders, but found no suspect.

But deputies did find semen on the outside of the girl's house, just below her window, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A forensics lab matched the DNA sample to Michael Derenberger, 40, a neighbor.

Derenberger has a history of prowling and burglary, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records, and has served 2 1/2 years in state prison. He was released on Feb. 1.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, the Sheriff's Office caught up to Derenberger at his home at 4195 E Parsons Point Road in Hernando.

He is charged with voyeurism and burglary of a dwelling with a battery.

He was being held with no bond.