- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - Deputies say a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office volunteer has been arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1LUhuFx ) reports 66-year-old Neil Richard Puntenney was arrested Wednesday after being accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl.

Puntenney was a Citizen Service Unit volunteer. The sheriff’s office says he dealt with traffic and parking issues, impounded abandoned vehicles and conducted minor investigations of crimes such as theft and criminal mischief.

Deputies say the sheriff’s office dismissed Puntenney, who had been volunteering at the office since 2008.

Puntenney was booked at the Land O’Lakes Detention Center in lieu of $15,000 bail. It isn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.


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