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St. Petersburg man arrested for molesting child for 3 years

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It began in 2014, when the child was 11.

Ronnie O’Brian Kasten II, 29, was arrested by detectives for sexually molesting the youngster, now 13, according to a news release issued by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office late Monday.

Detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Kasten, a multiple felon according to records, on one count of sexual battery and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, who was unnamed in the police report. It was too early to know if prosecutors with the state attorney’s office would seek further charges against him.

The report said the child’s relatives contacted investigators after the victim volunteered information to family a member of “inappropriate sexual activity had taken place on multiple occasions” with Kasten between 2014 to 2017.

The report didn’t specify a particular location, only that the incidents occurred in Pinellas County.

Kasten’s address is listed as 6295 33rd Way North in St. Petersburg.

The report says he was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Pinellas County Jail.

Kasten has a lengthy history of arrests, as did his father, according to the Pinellas County Clerk of Court website.

Past arrests of the junior Kasten include three felony arrests for the sale of marijuana, two misdemeanor arrests for possession of marijuana, felony sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation of a family member, two misdemeanor arrests for domestic battery, felony aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and felony aggravated battery of a woman. He has more than a dozen traffic citations, too.

Records on the clerk’s website show the father, Ronnie O’Brian Kasten, was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence, felony DUI, felony arson, felonious possession of firearms, three separate cases of petty theft, four separate arrests for felony grand theft, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer with violence, violation of probation in a retail theft incident and burglary.

Les Neuhaus is an all-platform journalist, with specialties in print reporting and writing. In addition to Florida Politics, he freelances as a general-assignment and breaking-news reporter for most of the major national daily newspapers, along with a host of digital media, and a human rights group. A former foreign correspondent across Africa and Asia, including the Middle East, Les covered a multitude of high-profile events in chronically-unstable nations. He’s a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, in which he served as a Security Policeman, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in political science. He is a proud father to his daughter and enjoys spending time with his family.

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