Authorities say Christopher Dominick Mauro was babysitting the Largo girl at the time the alleged acts took place at his Lakeland home, where they reported finding more child pornography.
And where did authorities say they found Mauro? In St. Petersburg, with the alleged victim.
Mauro, 29, was arrested Wednesday on one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and two counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child.
He is accused of videotaping himself fondling a nude 8-year-old girl in a bathtub and molesting the child while she was asleep in bed, according to arrest reports.
When the victim woke up, the reports said, Mauro “acted” as if he had just awoken, too, and told the child: “I was having a dream about my girlfriend.”
The investigation into Mauro started, authorities said, when a female roommate discovered that Mauro hadexplicit photos of a young girl on his computer. Police got a search warrant on Wednesday toinvestigate Mauro’s home at 6258 Peacock Run in Lakeland.
“The roommate knew he was taking this girl back to Largo,” said Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross.
Task force members included Lakeland police officers, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents. They arrested Mauro without incident on Wednesday while he was with the child at an undisclosed St. Petersburg location.
When authorities questioned Mauro about the allegations, the arrest reports said, he told them: “I cannot recall and I do not remember.”
The identity of the victim was not disclosed. Mauro is a friend of the victim’s family, authorities said.
Mauro was booked into the Pinellas County jail where he is being held in lieu of $130,000 bail.
The investigation is continuing, and more state and federal charges could be filed.