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Date of Issue: July 15, 2009

Man pleads not guilty to lewd conduct charge

A California man pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of molestation.

The incident allegedly occurred on the beach near 36th Street in Holmes Beach on June 25.

A Holmes Beach Police Department report alleged that William E. Lindsay, 41, of San Francisco, committed lewd or lascivious molestation on a 12-year-old child.

“The touch was made under the outer garment (pajama shorts), but over the top of the underwear worn by the victim. The defendant made an attempt to kiss the victim on the lips while his left hand was on the victim’s left buttocks and his right hand was on the victim’s upper right thigh,” the report stated.

HBPD said the child told officers that Lindsay was intoxicated.

Lindsay, represented by attorney Steven S. Michaels, has entered a plea of not guilty in Manatee County Circuit Court, as well as demanded that the prosecution team provide the defense with all the material related to the case.

Lindsay’s bond was set at $10,000. He was released from the Manatee County jail June 26.