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Samuel Semper of Hollywood, Florida Arrested for Sex with a Minor

Samuel Semper of Hollywood, Florida was arrested Monday after he was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, news sources report. Semper, 32, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. It is not clear whether Semper has obtained a lawyer.

According to reports, Semper and another man who police have not identified met the victim on Saturday, though it is not clear where through what means. The victim told police Semper and the other suspect brought her to the Hill Motel on South Federal Highway later that day. Semper and the conspirator allegedly left the girl at the hotel while they went to sell crack cocaine. The two men returned sometime later and had sex with the victim, sources say. It is not clear whether the sex was consensual, but even if it was, the girl is under the legal age of consent.

Latrina Clarke, Semper’s girlfriend, knew Semper was at the motel. She drove there to confront him, looked through the room’s window, and purportedly witnessed Semper and the other suspect having sex with the victim. Clarke knocked and a nude Clarke opened the door. Distressed by the situation, Clarke left and reported what she had seen to the police.

Officers arrived to Semper’s motel room and found that the teenager was under the influence of marijuana and crack cocaine, reports say. The victim said that Semper and the other suspect both had sex with her; however, it is unclear whether they offered or sold her drugs.

Officers arrested Semper on Monday and he admitted to meeting the girl but said he never had sex with her. It is unclear whether police identified or arrested the other suspect.

In another case involving 14-year-old girls, Tom Petcher of Hillsboro, Illinois was arrested in Sarasota after he allegedly exposed himself to two of them. Petcher, 69, was booked into police custody on charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.

According to reports, the incident occurred at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota. The two victims and Petcher were swimming in the waters off the beach. The victims claims Petcher approached them in the water and exposed his genitalia. The victims attempted to swim away, but Petcher allegedly followed them, swimming on his back so that his genitals remained exposed. One of the victims says that Petcher swam up close to her and attempted to touch her buttocks.

The girls left the water and reported the incident to a lifeguard. The lifeguard went to confront Petcher and found him running to a parking lot. Police arrived and placed Petcher under arrest while the lifeguard called the two victims and their mother to the scene. The girls told police what had happened and officers put Petcher under arrest. It is unclear whether Petcher denied of confessed to any of the details of the incident. It is also unknown whether Petcher, who is from out of town, has been arrested on similar charges in the past.

Sources: 4.23.13 Semper Molestation.pdf, 4.23.13 Petcher Indecent Exposure.pdf.

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