Pasco Sheriff’s Office volunteer charged with molesting 3-year-old

Neil Puntenney, booking photo

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office volunteer is accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl. Neil Puntenney, 66, of Hudson, worked with the Citizens Service Unit, beginning in 2008.

Puntenney is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation. He is currently at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on a $15,000 bond. Deputies say Puntenney touched the victim’s genitalia, had her touch his genitalia and took photos of her.

He was removed from the volunteer unit. As a citizen volunteer, Puntenney augmented patrol, responded to traffic issues, dealt with parking issues and assisted in petty theft investigations, among other duties.

“Whether a volunteer or a full-time member of our organization, everyone is going to be held accountable,” Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said. “This is one of the lowest crimes someone can commit, an offense against a child, and he will face justice for his actions.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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