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Lakeland man charged with lewd and lascivious battery

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Hillsborough County Deputies arrested a 21-year-old man accused of having sex with a minor after the girl's mother found him hiding in the teen's closet.

Justin Thomas Henry is charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for two incidents with the 13-year-old girl. The most recent was Monday. The girl admitted to her mother that they had consensual sex.

Henry posted a $7500 bond and was released from Hillsborough County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

According to deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the girl’s mother got up around 2 a.m. to check on her daughter, and found her door was locked. She eventually made it inside, and discovered Henry was hiding in the girl's closet.

Henry is a coach at Elite World Gymnastics in Lakeland, and this most recent arrest is his second this year involving young girls.

In April, Clearwater Police stopped Henry and three 14-year-old girls. Earlier, records show, the girls had been drinking, and Henry put his hand on one of the girl's thighs and asked her about being his girlfriend.

Investigators say one of those girls was enrolled in a tumbling class at Elite World Gymnastics.

No one there would comment on Henry's latest arrest, or whether or not he was still employed between the time of his April arrest, and now.

At his listed address in Lakeland, no one came to the door, yet several cars were parked outside.


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