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Detectives: Dunedin Man Had Sex With Four Girls Younger Than 12

Darrell B. Lawson is accused of having sex with girls who were in his care, and he may have other victims, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

A Dunedin man had sex with four girls younger than 12 who were in his care, and he may have other victims, detectives said Tuesday.

Darrell B. Lawson, 39, faces six counts of capital sexual battery on a child under 12, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported.

Two of the victims told an aunt that Lawson "engaged both of them in sexual activity" from the time they were 6 to 9 years old, detectives said. The girls are now 11 and 12.

The sheriff's office began investigating last month after the alleged crimes were reported. Detectives later found that Lawson allegedly had sex with another victim between 1995 and 1996, when she was 10 years old, and with a fourth victim, from 2004-07, when she was between the ages of 11 and 14.

And authorities say Lawson may have had other victims. They ask anyone with information to contact Detective Eugene Paniccia of the Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6200.

Lawson was arrested around 5:50 p.m. Monday at his home in the 400 block of Lexingon Street without incident, officials said. He was taken to Pinellas County Jail, where he was being held on $900,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

Opinionated...sometimes September 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Cecilia your right this has been going on, but I still think our society has gone well, I'm not sure where...like you said how did this monster have access to these girls....Our state agencies are over-burdened and someimes let people who are not qualified or have blemished backgrounds be involved with children who they should have nothing to do with. Lets just pray that things like this don't keep happening..... God Bless the Children!
Michelle Jones October 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I know this man also and two of his victims.He is a sick sick who has ruined the lives of multiple children,he deserves to die in prison.It makes me sick people defending him,when they know nothing about how sick he really is.
Michelle Jones October 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Your a fool for sayng those comments.Four children and some as far back as 1995 but you don't believe it,I guess they are all lying.Idiot.
Michelle Jones October 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I was around a little more then you florida gal but can't say how or it would reveal who some of the victims were.I was there in 1995 when him and his loving family scared a young girl into saying she was lying and then she was sent away to hide the truth.His whole family should be in jail for covering this up and letting it happen again and again.
Family Friend October 27, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Florida Gal you are sick he has been involved with our family for 11 years his Dad is one of the little girls Grandfathers,which makes him thier Uncle, that makes it his own Family to beat!!!!! Now HOW SICK IS THAT!!!!!! If you love a man like that you are just as sick he not only did this to girls but he did it to BOYS TOO< He deserves to rot in hell

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