Manatee man charged with sexually abusing two girls

MANATEE -- A 61-year-old man has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused two girls over several years, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Earl Moulton II was arrested Saturday after relatives of the girls on July 13 reported the abuse to the sheriff's office. The girls were known to Moulton, according to the sheriff's office.

Moulton was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on 12 counts of capital sexual battery, two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct, two counts of exposure of a minor to harmful material and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.