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Marion County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 32-year-old man suspected of molesting a young girl.


The alleged crimes were reported in mid-October 2014, according to the Sheriff's Office. And the Sheriff's Office has a warrant to arrest him on the charge of sexual battery on a person under 12.

The alleged victim said Freddie Franklin Banks had molested her in Citra when she was 9 and 10 years old, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials were told the girl, now 11, was forced to do drugs during the encounters. Banks is accused of threatening to kill her and her family if she told anyone.

Anyone with information about Banks’ whereabouts can call the MCSO at 732-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, text a tip to 274637, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.