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Man arrested on new sex charges

MANATEE — A Bradenton man accused of performing sex acts on girls and possessing 65 images of child pornography was rearrested in jail this week, according to arrest documents.

Thomas Crawford II, 32, of Bradenton, was arrested on a new charges of lewd behavior conducted by a person less than 17 years old, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest papers.

A victim contacted authorities alleging new charges against Crawford.

The arrest papers said Crawford asked a girl to perform oral sex on him for $400. The girl told detectives he gave her vodka to drink. Crawford denied the allegations and said he gave the girl vodka to teach her a lesson after she kept asking. He said the girl thought the vodka was “nasty and burned.”

Crawford faces previous charges of sexually battering a 9-year-old and a 15-year-old.

The incidents happened about 15 years ago involving two girls, according to reports.

Crawford, who was 15 years old at the time, allegedly had oral sex with two girls. He was arrested April 7. Nearly 20 years later, the women came forward to detectives. He admitted to the acts, telling authorities there were about four to five incidents.

On March 6, Crawford was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography after a girl came forward and told authorities he allegedly took nude photos of her and put them on a computer, according to arrest documents.

Investigators completed a search warrant and found 65 images on a computer at Crawford’s residence.

Crawford told detectives he loaded the images off the Internet through an incest Web site. He denied taking any photos. He said he was molested as a child and he had been looking for answers on the Web site. He said he viewed the site for a few years.

Crawford remained in jail Wednesday night on a $352,500 bond. No one answered the door at Crawford’s residence Wednesday.

Beth Burger, criminal justice reporter, can be reached at 708-7919.