One of Hernando County's top realtors told Hernando County deputies that he had a momentary lapse of judgment, when he fondled a teenage girl's breasts, and tried to lick sugar off her face, according to the arrest affidavit.
Gary Budek faces three charges of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim 12 to 16 years of age. He has bonded out of jail, after making his $15,000 bond.
According to the arrest affidavit released by the Hernando Sheriff's office, the victim was assisting in Budek's office and doing odd jobs for the other employees. The alleged abuse happened on three occasions. During one incident, the victim claimed Budek slid his hands down the victim's shirt, touching her breasts. On another occasion, the victim had sugar on her face. Budek claims he was making a motion to lick the sugar, and his tongue accidentally hit the girl's mouth. The affidavit says that Budek admitted that the girl's account of events was accurate.
Budek is president of the Hernando County Association of Realtors, however, his term as president ends at the end of the year. According to the Tampa Tribune, incoming president Debra Myers says Budek will remain in his current position until December 31.