BROOKSVILLE A 24-year-old Spring Hill man has been charged with sexual battery after he met a 14-year old girl on a popular Internet site, then had sex with her, according to an arrest affidavit from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
James M. Tarduno, 3137 Wiltshire Ave., was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 years of age or older, but younger than 16.
The victim told investigators that she met Tarduno on MySpace.com, a popular social Internet site frequented by young people.
The two corresponded for a month online and through text messages on cell phones, then made arrangements to meet for sex, according to the report.
Tarduno met the victim at her house last Friday and they walked to Tarduno’s home, where they had sexual contact in the driveway, the report said. They also had sex in Tarduno’s station wagon, police said.
Tarduno later admitted to the sexual offense when contacted by investigators.
Like this story wasn’t creepy enough…
According to the report, Tarduno worked in security at Eckerd Youth Alternatives E-How-Kee Camp, a camp in Brooksville for troubled youngsters.
Tarduno started as a night watchman at the camp earlier this year and had no direct contact with youngsters there, said Lou Anne Banks, a spokeswoman for Eckerd Youth Alternatives, when reached Tuesday afternoon.
Banks said Tarduno passed law enforcement background checks at the time of his application. She said Tarduno ‘no longer works with us as of this morning.’
When I was 24 I dated one girl who was 21 and another who was 19. 19 is still a little young for a 24-year-old but she was still LEGAL!!! I’ll never understand how any legal adult in their right mind would want to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.
I couldn’t find the MySpace of the suspect at this time.