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Largo Man Sexually Assaulted Teen Behind Target Store, Authorities Say

A Largo man was arrested Jan. 12 on the charges of sexual battery and violation of probation child abuse.

A 17-year-old girl was sexually battered behind the Park Street Target in Seminole Friday at around 8:30 p.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

According to detectives, the victim and Raheem Willis Bell, 21, of Largo were walking behind the Target Shopping Center, when he allegedly raped her, authorities report.

After the attack, Bell left the scene, and the victim contacted adults she knew, who then contacted authorities.

The girl reportedly knew Bell, but no further information was released about her to protect her identity.

Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Task Force located Bell and arrested him early Saturday morning, authorities report.

Bell was arrested on the charges of sexual battery and violation of probation child abuse. Bell was awaiting trial, as of Jan. 12, in Pinellas County Jail, according to the online sheriff's records.

Investigators believe pedestrians or vehicles traveling behind the store may have seen Bell and the victim together Friday night. Anyone with information can contact the Pinellas County Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6200.

The investigation is ongoing.

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truth be told January 14, 2013 at 04:27 PM
You should be ashamed of yourself...why take your family through this. Don't you think your grandmother has been through enough. With haven to lay her daughter to test!. You just was in this type of trouble a couple if months ago fees boy.
truth be told January 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM
You should be ashamed of yourself...why take your family through this. Don't you think your grandmother has been through enough. With haven to lay her daughter to rest You just was in this type of trouble a couple if months agoboy.Do the crime do the time man up.
jaelyn hiltz January 14, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I dont think he did it ...
truth be told January 15, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Lets just pray and hope he didn't do this.

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