Ellenton man faces additional molestation charges

MANATEE — A 54-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Kenneth Wayne Deaton is accused of molesting the girl at his home on at least three occasions. According to the report, he inappropriately touched her over her clothing and told her he loved her.

The girl told authorities she and three older children often spent weekends at Deaton’s residence in Ellenton.

Deaton now faces 13 counts of molestation involving the children, who range in age from 10 to 15, according to reports.

Deaton declined to talk to detectives about the most recent charge. However, detectives had a 13-year-old girl place a controlled call to Deaton in March in which he apologized profusely and begged the child not to tell her parents, according to another arrest report.

Deaton remained in jail Thursday night without bond. If convicted, he could face life in prison.