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12-274 Detectives Arrest Suspect For Lewd and Lascivious Battery On A Minor

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit

Jeffrey Joseph Lacava (Arrested)
DOB:09/29/1982
Address: 15354 Waverly Street, Clearwater
Arrested for lewd and lascivious battery; and unrelated charges of VOP for grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Victim is a 14-year-old female who is known to the suspect. Per FL Statute 119.071(2)(h)1 no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a man for L&L battery on a 14-year-old girl.

When:
The suspect was arrested on November 23, 2012.

The crime occurred on at least four separate occasions during the month of October 2012.

Where:
The crime occurred at a private residence in Clearwater.

Why/How:
Detectives began to investigate the case in early November 2012 after the victim disclosed to her sister that she had been touched by the suspect in a sexual manner. The sister reported the crime and detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit began to investigate.

According to detectives, the suspect identified as 30-year-old Jeffrey J. Lacava, inappropriately touched the 14-year-old victim on four occasions during the month of October.

Lacava was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery on a minor and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

The investigation continues.

Jeffrey J. Lacava

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