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Report: Man raped girl at least 160 times

MANATEE — A Manatee man has been arrested on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl more than 160 times since 2002, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The girl told detectives that Michael Lee Johnson, 33, began inappropriately touching her and raping her when she was 6. The latest attack happened Aug. 10, the sheriff’s report said.

Sheriff’s reports say Johnson admitted to more than 160 instances of sexual battery on the child. He also admitted to showing the victim pornographic movies.

Johnson told deputies “he is sorry for what he did and that he is glad that it is all finally out,” the report states.

It is unclear who intially reported the attacks to sheriff’s officials.

Johnson, who is listed as working as a deli clerk at a Publix supermarket on Manatee Avenue West, is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on charges of capital sexual battery, sexual battery of a child in a person’s custody and introduction of obscene material to a minor.

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