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Date of Issue: July 22, 2009

Third Islander charged with sexual battery

Joseph Chiquet 34

A Bradentton Beach resident was arrested last week for allegedly engaging a 15-year-old girl in sex activities.

That makes three cases of men arrested and charged with sex crimes against minors within the past month on Anna Maria Island, crimes that, in the past, were relatively uncommon to residents in the Island community.

Richard LeGore was arrested June 18 at his home in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for allegedly molesting a young girl with whom he is related.

On June 25, Holmes Beach Police arrested William E. Lindsay, 41, of San Francisco, for allegedly committing  lewd or lascivious molestation on a 12-year-old child.

On July 14, Joseph Chiquet 34, of the 500 block of Gulf Drive South, was arrested by Bradenton Beach Police for sexual battery of a minor child.

According to the police report, the 15-year-old met Chiquet in January at his former Bradenton skateboard store, the Yard, and they began a sexual relationship. The report states they also met at his apartment, where they engaged in sex and he took nude pictures of her, which he entered into his computer.

The girl and her mother came to police to describe the incidents, including the interior of the apartment and details of the girl’s encounters with Chiquet. The girl told police that Chiquet claimed to be 28 years old.

A search warrant was obtained and a search of Chiquet’s apartment revealed the alleged photos on a computer.

Chiquet has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a child under 18 and exhibiting a minor in obscene pictures.