ST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a St. Petersburg man Friday, July 25, on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and for exposing three minors to pornographic materials.
Roger Lyle Kent, 67, was charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation; protection of minors; and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit say the victims, one male and one female, were under the age of 12 when the act was committed.
The investigation began on July 1. The crime occurred at a private residence in St. Petersburg.
According to investigators, the male victim told his father about the incident. The father reported the crime to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives determined that Kent had exposed the three children to pornographic video materials for about four to five years. Detectives also said that Kent had touched the boy in an inappropriate sexual manner; and made the girls touch him in an inappropriate manner. This activity repeated itself on multiple occasions.
Detectives interviewed Kent at the Sheriff’s Administration Building in Largo July 25, and subsequently arrested him.