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12-116 Largo Man Posing As 17 Year Old Charged With Lewd And Lascivious Battery Of Female Victim Under 16

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-School Resource Unit
-Crimes Against Children Unit
-Probation and Parole

Arrested – Zachery Tarver
      DOB – 3/4/91

Charges – 3 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery
              - VOP (Lewd and Lascivious Battery)

What:  Pinellas County Detectives arrest Largo man for Lewd and Lascivious Battery

Where:  At a location known to both subjects.

When:  The offenses took place 3 separate times over the last 2 months

How/Why:  

Pinellas County Detectives have arrested a 21 year old Largo man for Lewd and Lascivious Battery of a female victim under 16.

Crimes Against Children Detectives began the investigation on Zachary Tarver when the victim disclosed to her school’s administration that Tarver had sent her inappropriate images of himself to her cellular phone.

The School Resource Officer spoke with the victim and began the preliminary investigation into the matter.

Tarver and the victim met online.  This is where Tarver portrayed himself as a 17 year old student.

They are alleged to have had 3 consensual sexual encounters with each other over the past 2 months.

After receiving the images on her cellular phone, the victim began to feel uncomfortable with the relationship and eventually reported the matter to her school’s administration.

Tarver was arrested by detectives this afternoon at his Probation office.

Further investigation into Tarver’s background revealed he had been arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Battery of a Child in 2010.

Tarver’s current occupation is listed as – student.

Detectives believe there may be other victims.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crimes Against Children Unit at 582-6200.  Or, to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

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