DADE CITY — A 37-year-old man was arrested by the Dade City Police Department on Friday and charged with sexual battery of a young girl.
Brian Lamont Thomas, of 14646 N. 15th St., Dade City, is accused of having sexual intercourse with the girl for three years, starting when she was 10.
An arrest report states that the string of sexual battery ended last month.
The victim told investigators that Thomas had sex with her weekly without her consent, an arrest report states. She said she did not come forward sooner because she was afraid that Thomas would beat her with a belt.
Child Protection Services conducted a physical examination of the girl and confirmed that she was sexually abused, the report said.
A truck driver, Thomas was being held in the Land O’ Lakes Jail on Monday with bail set at $150,000.