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Astatutla mayor's husband charged with sex battery on child

6:25 PM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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ASTATUTLA, Fla. - The husband of a local mayor has been arrested in a sex assault case and booked into Lake County jail, WESH 2 News has confirmed.

Harry Tice, husband of Astatutla Mayor Judith Tice, was arrested Wednesday and charged with sex assault and battery on a victim under the age of 12.

Deputies said the girl told authorities she and Tice had a "secret."

When questioned, the girl told the Children's Advocacy Center that Tice had oral sex with her. The sex acts allegedly happened in September at the mayor's home in Astatula.

Deputies say Tice refused to take a polygraph test, and when he was confronted by his wife about whether he'd committed the sex allegations, his answer was, "I don't think so."

Tice is being held on $100,000 bond.


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