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Ellenton man charged with molesting minors

MANATEE -- Matthew D. Bozell, 25, of Ellenton, has been arrested and charged with molesting and contributing to the delinquency of two minors for incidents that occurred in 2009.

A girl recently made a report to the Department of Children and Families Child Abuse Hotline that she was having sexual activity with Bozell, who was her mother’s roommate in Nokomis during the summer of 2009, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report.

The girl was 15 at the time, the report states.

Bozell provided the girl with alcohol and drugs, the report adds.

A witness, who also was a minor and whose name was provided by the victim, recently told authorities she also was sexually molested by Bozell and given alcohol in 2009, the report states.

Bozell, who lives in the 6500 block of U.S. 301 in Ellenton, is being held by the Sarasota sheriff’s office pending a $10,000 bond on two counts of committing a sex offense against a child from 12 to 15-years-old and a $500 bond for two counts of contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor, the report states.