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Man accused of lewd behavior with minors

—A Lake Placid man faces numerous charges of inappropriate behavior after being accused of inappropriately touching two girls between the ages of 12 and 16 in December.

David Eugene Rickett, 35, no address given, was arrested last week by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with nine counts of lewd/lascivious conduct involving minors, violation of an injunction and tampering with evidence.

The tampering charge came after authorities received information that Rickett texted one of the victims, asking her to “Clean out your phone” and “Don’t say anything.”

A warrant stated that Rickett should have been aware of an injunction barring him from contacting the victim and of an ongoing criminal investigation.