NEW PORT RICHEY — A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges that he molested and attempted to rape an 8-year-old girl, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Kaleb Harrah, 26, of Port Richey, faces charges of attempted sexual battery of a victim under the age of 12 and three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under the age of 12.
The incident took place April 19, according to an arrest report, when Harrah showed up at the girl’s home and took her into a garage. That’s where he assaulted her, deputies said, until he was interrupted by an unidentified person entering the garage.
"You caught me," that witness said Harrah told them.
Harrah admitted to the acts in an interview with deputies, the report said. The victim, whose identity was withheld because of her age and the nature of the allegations, appeared "emotional and scared" when she spoke to deputies.
He was being held in the Pasco County jail on Monday.