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Man accused of assaulting teen on meth

A Dade City man was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting a teen in March who had passed out after injecting meth, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

James Christopher Simonds, 31, remains in the Land O’ Lakes jail and is charged with sexual battery by using an intoxicating substance to incapacitate a victim. Bond is set at $50,000.

On March 26 at 4 p.m., Simonds, 13705 23rd St., was at an undisclosed location in Dade City with a 17-year-old girl. While standing in the kitchen of the location, the girl used a syringe to inject methamphetamine, deputies said.

Simonds told investigators that about 20 minutes later he had sex with the teen, deputies said. During intercourse, she had what appeared to be a seizure, the arrest report said.

The girl, who was unresponsive at the time, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

While hospitalized, the teen told detectives she did not recall having sex with Simonds and that her clothes had been changed while she was unconscious. Simonds, according to deputies, placed the girl into a pair of his boxers.

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