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Manatee man accused of molesting three girls

A Manatee County man accused of molesting three girls was arrested Wednesday, as was their mother, who was accused of covering up the sexual abuse.

After an investigation, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Feliciano Esparza, 33, molested the girls, ages 7, 11 and 14, multiple times over a one-year time frame.

The investigation also found that the girls’ 33-year-old mother was aware of the abuse and did not attempt to report it or prevent future abuse, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies said the mother took steps to conceal the acts and deter law enforcement.

Esparza faces three counts of molesting a child age 12 and younger, and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to jail records.

The mother faces a charge of willful abuse of a child without great harm, according to jail records.

They were arrested without incident and taken to the Manatee County Jail.

The relationship between Esparza and the mother was not released by the sheriff’s office. Information that could identify the children has been withheld.

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