VALRICO, Fla. — More charges have been filed against a Valrico man accused of multiple instances of child molestation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Thomas David Lair, 62, was originally charged with five counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim 12-15 years old.
After the original arrest, the sheriff's office asked any other victims to come forward and the total number of accusers has now jumped to nine.
Friday, the sheriff's office said new accusations have brought the total number of charges to 15 including 13 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of sexual battery, victim under 12 with defendant over 18, and one count of sexual battery of a victim under 12 with a defendant under 18.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said there may be more victims and asked any of them to not be afraid to come forward and speak to detectives. Victims are encouraged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.