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Hillsborough County man charged with abusing children over 48 years

Thomas Lair
Posted at 10:47 AM, May 01, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man already accused of child sexual abuse now faces new charges after victims came forward from as far back as 1972.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that 62-year-old Thomas Lair is facing 15 counts of molestation and sexual battery.

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Authorities say most of the victims were between 6 and 9 years old when the alleged incidents occurred over 48 years.

After Lair's initial arrest in mid-April, investigators say nine people have now come forward to detail their own encounters with him. They are looking for more potential victims.