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Man accused of having sex with 13-year-old girl

— Despite a 21-year-old man’s claim that the 13-year-old girl with whom he had sex told him she is 17, he was arrested, according to a report released Tuesday.

William Gorby, 3748 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with lewd/lascivious behavior involving a child between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.

Gorby, who at first denied knowing the girl, later said that the girl told him she wanted to have sex. He also said she told him she was 17 years old, the report said.

But the girl said she told Gorby she was 13, the report said. After they had sex, he told her not to tell anyone because she was 13, the report said.

The girl said that she and Gorby communicated by texting and on Facebook before meeting for a date.