Man, 68, charged with sexual battery of minor

Arthur Jefferson, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 68-year-old Dover man is charged with sexual battery of a minor.

On multiple occasions during November and December 2015, Arthur Jefferson picked up the 16-year-old victim from a county in North Florida, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. “The victim resided with the defendant for approximately a week each visit,” deputies said. “The defendant was the caretaker and had custodial authority over the victim during the visits.”

Jefferson performed oral sex on the victim multiple times when the child was staying with him, according to the sheriff’s office.

The defendant gave the victim around $200, deputies said.

Deputies said the defendant admitted to the crime during a controlled phone call, in Facebook messages and in a recorded interview.

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