Crime

Bradenton man charged with having sex with underage girls

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton man was charged with having sex with two underage girls, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Gerald Lee Leirer, 64, was arrested Oct. 23 on one count of sexual battery after investigators executed a search warrant at his home, and again on Monday on two counts of sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

On Oct. 22, Bradenton police were contacted in reference to a possible sexual battery incident that occurred in the city, according to a release.

"Investigation revealed that a

Mr. Gerald Lee Leirer had two 14-15 year old female juveniles at his residence and watched them perform sex acts on each other," a release states. "Mr. Leirer then joined in on the sex acts with the juveniles on different occasions."

This investigation is ongoing, police said.

Anyone having information with regard to this case can call Bradenton Police Detective Kevin Bunch at 941-932-3000, ext. 380, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.

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