Elderly woman suffers sexual abuse

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By Eryn Worthington

HOMOSASSA — A man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery on a disabled 90-year-old woman, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Hall, 39, West Craft Lane, faces charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious battery on an elderly or disabled person. His bond was $15,000.

Investigators responded to the allegations after a female acquaintance noticed the woman’s upset behavior, which initiated the investigation.

Reportedly, the woman disclosed that Hall performed inappropriate sexual activities on her as she sat on a toilet and waited for assistance.

Hall denied any contact with the woman at first. Then he told a similar story matching the woman’s version.

He admitted to investigators he took advantage of her because of the opportunity and her disability.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Hall apologized to the woman for his actions in a letter. He also stated that if anyone treated his mother in that fashion, he would be upset.

He was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.

Chronicle reporter Eryn Worthington can be reached at eworthington@chronicleonline.com or 352-563-5660, ext. 1334.

How to report elder abuse, neglect and exploitation:

By phone: Call Florida Abuse Hotline at 800-96-ABUSE (800-962-2873). Press 2 to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly or a vulnerable adult. This toll free number is available 24/7.

TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 800-453-5145 Learn more.

By fax: To make a report via fax, please send a detailed written report with your name and contact telephone to 800-914-0004.
To report online: Go to DCF website at www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse/report.shtml.

Source: Florida Department of Elder Affairs

The Citrus Alliance Against Adult Abuse (C4A) monthly meeting is at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday monthly at HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills.

For information, call Judy Stauffer at 352-303-2620. Your help is needed to protect our vulnerable against abuse, neglect and exploitation.