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Sex crime charge dropped against alleged bank robber

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - A charge of attempted sexual battery was dropped against a 23-year-old Newberry man who remains in jail accused of robbing a bank, according to records.

Joshua Kane O'Hara was arrested Nov. 9 for attempted sexual battery when he surrendered himself to authorities at the Levy County Sheriff's Office in Bronson, according to records.

LCSO spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan said the attempted rape charge was dropped due to a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim.

O'Hara remained in the Levy County Jail as of Dec. 5 on charges of robbery with a firearm and grand theft. Bond for those two charges was listed at $30,000. O'Hara is suspected of the July 19 armed robbery and grand theft from the Sunstate Federal Credit Union.

Officers with the Chiefland Police Department charged him with the bank robbery after he was in jail, although they were looking for him the same day he turned himself in.

After being advised of rights guaranteed to him under the U.S. Constitutional, O'Hara confessed to the armed robbery of the credit union. During his confession, the suspect said he had lost his job and borrowed his friend's silver Dodge Neon, records showed. This matches the getaway vehicle description, according to records.

During his confession, O'Hara told CPD Chief Robert Douglas and CPD Det. Sgt. Chris Barwick that he did not have a firearm at the time of the robbery, even though the note he presented to the teller indicated that he was so armed, according to records.