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Levy County man accused of molesting 10-year-old girl over several years

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Levy County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Bronson man who they say admitted to molesting a 10-year-old girl over several years.

Deputies charged 36-year-old Richard Irving Avis with three counts of capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.

Deputies say the victim told her mother that Avis had forced her to perform sexual acts. The mother took her to a local hospital and filed a report with the sheriff's office.

Investigators say Avis admitted to performing inappropriate sexual acts with the girl, and that it happened at a home in Bronson over several years.

He's being held at the Levy County Detention Center on a $3 million dollar bond.

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