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John Paul Pica, Jr., with 43 previous arrests, is accused of sexually assaulting child

1:38 PM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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Sarasota, FL -- A career criminal is being charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy after he was caught by the boy's babysitter.

According to the Sarasota Sheriff's Office, during the day on Feb. 6, the babysitter thought the boy was playing outside but when she went to get him she heard him inside John Paul Pica, Jr.'s home on Benson Street.

She walked in to find Pica and the boy in his bedroom under a blanket. The woman said Pica was only wearing shorts when he jumped out of the bed.

The boy later told family members and Child Protection investigators what had happened.

Pica was arrested Feb. 8 and is being charged with Sexual Battery on a Child. Pica has been arrested 43 times since the age of 16 for crimes including burglary, battery and drugs.

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