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Girl says man tried to coax her into car

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 15, 2000

WESLEY CHAPEL -- A 12-year-old girl told deputies that a man tried to persuade her to get into his car as she was skating in the Meadow Pointe subdivision Tuesday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

The girl said she was skating along County Line Road, just west of Sand Pine Elementary School, when the man stopped his car and motioned for her to come over. When the man told her he wanted to give her a ride, the girl said no and skated quickly for home, according to reports.

As she skated away, the man yelled: "I only wanted to give you a ride," the girl told deputies.

The Times is withholding the girl's name because no arrests have been made.

The man was described as about 50, about 5-foot-10 and 160 to 180 pounds, with collar-length gray hair and glasses. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a red-and-white striped shirt. He was driving a newer model tan four-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu.

7-year-old says man exposed himself

DADE CITY -- A Tampa man was arrested Tuesday and charged with masturbating in front of a 7-year-old girl, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The girl was in the front yard of her grandparents' Dade City house Saturday afternoon when the alleged incident occurred, reports said. The girl told deputies that she and Leonard Harold Braudaway, a registered sexual predator with a criminal history dating back to 1982, were sitting at a picnic table when he began masturbating.

Braudaway, 37, of 308 Cayuga St. in Tampa, admitted that he exposed himself, according to reports.

Charged with lewd and lascivious activity in the presence of a child, Braudaway was held Wednesday in the county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $20,000 bail.

State records show that Braudaway, a steel welder, has been convicted three times previously on lewd and lascivious behavior charges. He was released from a state prison in February after serving nearly five years for his most recent conviction.

Young man to pay for golf course damage

DADE CITY -- A man accused of tearing up four greens at the new Lake Jovita golf course in November pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal mischief Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Wayne Cobb assigned Charles Kevin Fountain, 22, of Dade City to one year of probation. He did not rule on Fountain's guilt or innocence, but ordered him to pay $495.88 for the damage, plus $150 in court costs.

Investigators say Fountain drove his all-terrain vehicle on the greens sometime Nov. 6 or 7.

Fountain's attorney, Bill Dayton, told the judge it was his client's first offense and was the mistake of a young man.

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