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Tuesday
Mar152011

Boy Accused of Taking 3-Year-Old Held in New Sex Case

ABC News(MARION COUNTY, Fla.) -- A teen who less than a year ago was accused of attempting to take a 3-year-old from a Florida department store, is behind bars for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in the back of a school bus.

Edwin McFarlane, 15, is being held at the Marion County Regional Juvenile Detention Center after authorities allege he forced his more than 300-pound frame on a teen girl last Thursday, unzipping her pants and sexually attacking her on a South Lake High School bus in school bus in Groveland, Fla.

According to the police record obtained by ABC News, McFarlane allegedly approached the victim, who was lying on her back on a seat preparing to take a nap, and assaulted her.

Video surveillance on the bus shows McFarlane approaching the girl and spending "several minutes" with the victim in her seat, but the back of the seat obstructs the view of exactly what the two teens were doing, according to authorities.

Police say McFarlane later admitted to assaulting the girl, saying that he knows what he did was wrong and that he did "hear the victim tell him to stop six times." The teen has since written an apology letter to the victim, police say, and has been charged with both sexual battery and false imprisonment.

In June 2010 the then 14-year-old was arrested despite stating that he was helping a seemingly lost 3-year-old girl look for her mother in a Burlington Coat Factory. Surveillance video of the incident shows McFarlane walking out of the store with the little girl.

After the mother found McFarlane and the girl, McFarlane returned to shopping with his mother. A few minutes later, police officers arrived on the scene and arrested him. But a few weeks later, authorities decided not to charge McFarlane.

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