A registered sex offender is behind bars after investigators say he attacked a 6-year-old girl.
It happened near the offender's home in Odessa, at 14337 Tifton Lane.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the girl was riding her bicycle by 46-year-old Rodney Raymond Anderson's house when he stopped her and asked if she would like to watch a video with him.
When she said no, Anderson grabbed her by the arm and dragged to into the yard where he removed her shorts, and forced his body into contact with hers.
Anderson is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 years of age.
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It was a neighbor who spotted the little girl with Anderson. Her family is stunned and so is everyone else who lives in the small mobile home park along Tifton Lane in Odessa.
"That's my heart. That's my heart. She's my step daughter. I'd do anything for her." says the little girl's step-father.
"I think it's a shame he could do something like that to a child in this neighborhood." says neighbor Rebecca Modock.
Deputies say the little girl was riding her bike past Anderson's home last week. They say he asked her to watch a video on his phone. When she refused, detectives say he grabbed her, dragged closer to his home and molested her.
Anderson was added to the sex offender website in 1997 after an out-of-state arrest involving another child, who was also under 12 years old.
"If my friend had never said anything, then something bad could've happened, something real bad." her stepfather said.
Anyone can search for sex offenders and sex predators in their neighborhood through the FDLE's website. When we searched Odessa, the registry showed two sex offenders in the girl's neighborhood. One of them is Anderson.
"She's only 6 years old. She knows he did something wrong. We'll have to go to therapy and stuff," her stepfather said.
Anderson is still in jail , held without bond.
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