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Man Beaten For Molesting 7-Year-Old Girl In Parking Lot (Photo)

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After the caregiver for a 7-year-old girl walked back to his car to find the girl being molested by a 60-year-old man, he pulled the man out of the car and beat him until police arrived. 

Spencer Keith Joyce was arrested and charged with capital sexual battery, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to The Independent. 

The New Port Richey, Florida, resident is currently being held without bond at a local detention center.

Joyce, caretaker David Gross, 28, and the girl all drove to McDonald's just before midnight on Oct. 9, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Gross left Joyce and the girl in the car while he went inside to buy food. When he returned, he saw Joyce molesting the girl.

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While Gross was inside the McDonald's, Joyce put his hand down the girl's pants and touched her inappropriately, according to WPEC. The girl told Joyce to stop but he refused. 

When Gross saw Joyce molesting the girl, he pulled Joyce out of the car and began beating him. 

Sheriff's deputies, the Major Crimes unit, and the forensics unit responded and arrested Joyce.

In his mugshot, Joyce can be seen bloodied, with what appears to be a split lip and a possible black eye.

Joyce told police that the girl "asked him for help to urinate and denied this incident as being sexual in nature," according to WFTS.

The investigation into Joyce's case is ongoing, but there is precedent in Florida to receive a life sentence for capital sexual battery.

A 33-year-old Florida man, Christopher Lawrence Schlough, received a life sentence in 2016 after he was found guilty of raping a child, according to Daily Commercial.

During a recent case of a woman charged with capital sexual battery, a prosecutor compared the charge to murder, saying it was one of the worst charges in Florida. 

"There are two kinds of capital offenses in the state of Florida: First degree murder or capital sexual battery. This is the highest offense a person can be accused of," said attorney Anthony Rickman, according to WTVT.

Rickman was referring to Marissa Mowry, a Florida woman who was arrested in June after police learned that she had been having sex with an 11-year-old boy and had given birth to the child's son.

"She's having sex with a child under the age of 12, that is why the law makes this such a serious offense," Rickman said. 

Mowry's case is ongoing and she has yet to be sentenced. 

Sources: WFTS, The Independent, Tampa Bay Times, WPEC, Daily Commercial, WTVT / Featured Image: Random Retail/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pasco Sheriff/Twitter, Phillip Pessar/Flickr

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