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Police: Bartow man molested girl for three years

Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2013 at 01:54 PM

A Bartow man was arrested Thursday on charges that he sexually molested a 14-year-old girl “uncountable” times during the past three years, police said.

Police said Jon A. Klein, 31, also touched a 17-year-old girl inappropriately, made sexual references toward her and showed her pornography on his smartphone.

The 14-year-old told detectives Klein had been sexually abusing her since she was 11. She said the number of incidents was “uncountable,” police said.

Police said Klein admitted to investigators he engaged in the acts, claiming he was intoxicated when they occurred.

Klein faces charges of sexual battery on a child younger than 12, lewd/lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12, false imprisonment, two counts of child abuse, exposing a minor to harmful materials and battery/domestic violence.

Klein was being held at the Polk County Jail.

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