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Inverness man accused of raping 13-year-old

Posted at 10:24 AM, Apr 29, 2016

A 31-year-old Citrus County man is accused of a raping a 13-year-old girl.

Richard Connolly of Inverness is charged with lewd and lascivious battery and false imprisonment.

According to deputies, the teen was awakened in the middle of the night by Connolly and raped.

Connolly reportedly removed his shirt and covered the girl's mouth with the shirt to prevent her from screaming for help, an arrest affidavit states.

The teen was struggling to breath, deputies say.

Deputies say when Connolly removed the shirt from the girl's face, he ordered her not to say a word.

Connolly has denied the allegations against him, an arrest affidavit states.

FDLE says they recovered Connolly's DNA on the teen.

Connolly is being held on $15,000 bond.